We talk to Henrik Fisker about the EMotion at CESFisker's latest EV is a gorgeous sport sedan, and we got the skinny from the man himself.
Sometimes at CES you get a surprise interview and I'm here with the man, Henrik Fisker and in front of the emotion new car from Fisker. Can you tell me, first of all, it's beautiful. Thank you. What was your design inspiration behind this? Well, I wanted to reinvent the sedan, luxury sedan and think what is the future electric luxury sedan gonna look like? So It was really emphasizing on actually the interior, and changing sort of the typical automotive interior into being more like a living room. And then, of course, when it comes to the exterior, you still want it to be attractive. Right, right. So I spent a lot of time on really creating a unique sculpture, which is probably more like a super car than Traditional sedan and of course, what was important as well was really to kind of get enough miles, electric range in this vehicle that I kind of felt we could maybe get some of the people sitting on the fence to get into an electric- Right. Electric car. And the range on this is 400 miles? 400 miles, yeah. Okay, but this vehicle here has got the standard lithium ion batteries, but I know that you're planning on using some solid state batteries. So can you speak to some of the differences between the two? Well the solid state battery, we have probably one of the most prominent scientists working for us, Dr. [UNKNOWN] he's one of the early Researches in solid state battery. And we've had some major breakthrough actually this year. And we have built our first solid state batteries up in UC Berkeley, and got tested in an independent lab. And basically, the main difference is kind of the word solid. They have no liquid electrolyte in them. And that means when they are solid, they are also non-flammable. They're much more power dense, energy dense. Okay. So they have about 2.5 times as much energy. And that means a lot in a vehicle, especially with the likeness and being power dense. But we have also had a couple of breakthroughs that so far hasn't been in solid state batteries and why you haven't seen them in cars. So, so far, they haven't been able to work. Under zero degree celsius. Okay. And we got it to work on minus 37 degrees which is what you need in a vehicle. Yeah, yeah. We also have enough power to pull the vehicle. And then the third thing is that've been very expensive but we have taken patent on a unique method of manufacturing. which is very low cost. So, we estimate we will get the cost down to about $65 a kilowatt hour, which is less than half the price of lithium-ion batteries. So the benefits of solid state is they are not flammable, they are easier to cool. I can put more energy into them, so I can have a longer Range, and then what about charging time [CROSSTALK] Charging time is incredible fast, becasue you have no almost no resistance so there's no overheating issues, and basically that means you can charge the car in about one minuet, if you can [CROSSTALK] That's the best thing ever. That's the one thing that's holding me back from EV, is the charge time. All right, so let's talk about some stats on this thing, becaue it looks, If it's performance follows it's looks, it's gonna be awesome. What is the torque? What is the horsepower that this car can produce? Well, we're looking at about 775 horsepower and 160 miles an hour and 0 to 60, I mean, there's a point where you have to decide how much do you wanna engineer into this vehicle as a luxury sedan. So 0 to 60 in under three seconds is That's plenty. Should be faster than most cars. That's plenty. [LAUGH] So I think that's fine. And then basically we've got 24 inch wheels on it with special Pirelli tires, low rolling, resistant. They're actually brand new out of the new mold they made specifically for us. We also, you can option in out with carbon barrell wheels for lighter wheels for better handling. Okay. So there's a lot of goodies in the vehicle that New technology we are putting in. We have a four zone electrochromatic roof where each passenger can decide how transparent they want the glass roof. That's pretty cool. Yeah, so that's also unique, we have of course induction charge in a speical phone holder at every seat. So $129,000 and when are we gonna see one on the road and can you deliver it to All right, Jem. It's about two years away still. We have a lot of, still, a feasibility and testing etc., to be. And a lot of just basic engineering to be done on it. It's still early on, but in about two years will come to market. Okay, I'm so glad I got a chance to run into you. This was amazing, totally surprising, I love it. You can check out all of our CES coverage over on the roadshow.com. Thanks so much. [MUSIC]