Fisker’s New Battery Patent Promises 500-Mile Range; One-Minute Charging
Fisker, the company that has worked diligently to bring about a dead-to-rights Tesla Model S fighter, has just announced a new battery patent that promises a new technology capable of ranges exceeding 500 miles and one-minute recharging. Let me say that again: One-minute recharging.
Details are still rather thin at this point, but we have learned that Fisker’s new power storage technology will allow the company to build solid-state batteries with lots of surface area in comparison to the current thin-film solid-state electrodes currently in development and use. This ultimately means better conductivity below the shell which, in turn, makes for a battery that works better in cold weather and charges faster. Keep in mind; this is why lithium-ion batteries are the go-to right now for EVs – the current capabilities of solid-state batteries are insufficient and low conductivity levels is a primary cause of this. So, if what Fisker is saying is true, the company could have just solved a very big problem and could, very well, usher in the next generation of battery technology.
Of course, Fisker isn’t the only company gunning for solid-state batteries, and Toyota has even promised its battery would be put to use in electric cars by 2022, just two years sooner than what Fisker claims it can do. Then again, Toyota hasn’t proved its technology, so it still has the same burden that has now be thrust onto Fisker’s shoulders as well. It’s obviously an arms race in which the winner will reign supreme in the EV world. In the end, Fisker if lofting out claims for density 2.5 times that of current lithium-ion batters, which means these babies could charge in minutes and offer up ranges of 500 miles. Just think, you can pull into a “gas station” and by the time you make up your hot dogs, buy a beverage, and take a leak, you’re EV is good for another 500 miles. Range Anxiety? Not in this future. The question now is: Who’s going to deliver on these lofty promises first?
Toyota still has a few years, and the man behind Fisker isn’t exactly working with a full deck of successful resumes either. He hasn’t exactly been the most successful cat on the street, and he promises an advanced battery in the Emotion just to retract his claims. But, for EVs to be truly successful, this is the kind of technology we need, and if we’re really this close – Toyota claims 2022 and Fisker 2024 – we’ll certainly be seeing it happen in most of our lifetimes. And, once that technology is there, there isn’t really a need for the ICE anymore either now is there?
Have something on your mind? Let us know in the comments section below. We’re curious as to what you think about these hefty claims.
Fisker Finally Moves On From The Mustache Grille!
As innovative and pioneering as the Fisker Karma was, most people probably remember it for having the strangest looking front grille in the auto industry. Sure, it wasn’t on the level of the Mitsuoka Orichi, but not a lot of people had anything flattering to say about that grille. But, it seems Fisker has learned its lesson; new teaser photos of the company’s EMotion electric sports car reveal a much more fluid-looking car that’s more in line with Henrik Fisker’s reputation as one of the best auto designers in the industry.
The teaser photos actually don’t reveal much of the whole car, but they did show some significant details that are, no doubt, worth mentioning. The “panther-looking” headlight set-up is there and the smaller front grille doesn’t steal too much attention away from the section’s overall design quite like how the old mustache grille became one of the enduring design characteristics of the Karma for all the wrong reasons. The front bumper of the car is also a lot more subdued than the one found in the concept while the pair of hood scopes are now located further back on the hood, just in front of the windshield. Based on the photos, you might even say that the EMotion bears some similarities to the Jaguar F-Type. We’ll only know for sure when the car makes its debut this coming August. For now, I think that the EMotion already looks better than the Karma ever did.