Henrik Fisker is back, promising 400-plus-mile EV in 2017

Automotive designer-turned-entrepreneur claims battery technology advances behind extended range
Henrik Fisker is back in the electric-car game with a 400-plus-mile EV in the works for 2017.
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Henrik Fisker, formerly of BMW, Aston Martin and Fisker, has relaunched his own car company, which will once again be called Fisker, Bloomberg reports. This time around the 53-year-old Danish automotive designer and entrepreneur will focus on electric cars and promises to reveal an all-new EV in the latter half of 2017 that will pick up where the Karma sedan left off.

"For the last two years, I have been looking at battery technologies and wanted to see if there was something that could really give us a new paradigm," Fisker told Bloomberg. "We had the strategy of developing the technology as fast as possible without getting tied down to a large organization, which would hold us back. Now we have the technology that nobody else has. And there is nobody even close to what we are doing out there."

After Fisker Automotive Inc. went through bankruptcy two years ago, Chinese company Wanxiang acquired the hardware and just about everything but the name Fisker, paying an impressive $149.2 million for the crisis-hit automaker. Using Karma as the marque name, Wanxiang has picked up where Fisker left off, updating the main sedan model and trying to reboot the rest of the range.

Fisker Inc. isn't the only new company that will be part of this EV effort; Fisker has also launched Fisker Nanotech, which will supply the battery tech for the new car. The company told Bloomberg the EV will use a new energy storage method in its batteries and that it is already running prototypes.

The promise? An EV with a range of over 400 miles on a single charge, a new type of lithium-ion battery and longer battery life, one that Fisker claims could match the life of the vehicle itself.

"It will be sporty and spacious," Fisker told Bloomberg when asked about the new car. "And you’ve got to make something look beautiful -- there is no excuse for making an ugly car, even with new technology -- so it will definitely have some of my signature elements."

We'll see what he means by that in mid-2017; that's when Fisker plans to share some images of the upcoming car, as well as the vehicle itself.

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