Fisker Automotive has announced plans to unveil its semi-autonomous all-electric EMotion at the January 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.
The brainchild of mercurial car designer Henrik Fisker, the EMotion promises several Level 4 semi-autonomous features using partner Quanergy’s five S3 LiDar sensors. The EV will be capable of real-time 3-D mapping, object identification and tracking with integration into the body’s design. Other specifications include a carbon fiber and aluminum body, all-wheel-drive, and an otherworldly 400-plus mile range. The EMotion will also use an Ultra Charger™, a new proprietary charging technology that claims to deliver a nine-minute charge of 125-miles.
“The Fisker EMotion is set to be the next leader in electric vehicles and we are honored to be a part of this groundbreaking opportunity by providing our LiDAR sensors to help guide drivers on the road,” said Louay Eldada, Quanergy CEO. “Our leading LiDAR sensors will elevate the autonomous capabilities of the EMotion to support Henrik’s vision of a truly autonomous and connected experience in a luxury automobile that will further advance the world’s view of autonomous and electric vehicles.”
Over the years, Fisker has not been without controversy. Fisker’s first company, Fisker Automotive, filed for bankruptcy before being sold off to Wanxiang Group Corporation, one of China’s largest automotive component companies. The bankruptcy was spurred by mismanagement and poor production, with a batch of 2,000 vehicles rife with mechanical and software issues. Later, Henrik Fisker started a second company, Fisker Inc, which is behind EMotion’s development today.
The Emotion is expected to ship in 2019 with a $129,000 asking price, with plans to produce a more affordable model in the $30,000 range by 2020.