Fisker Inc. goes face to face with main EV maker Tesla, teasing photos of an all-electric SUV that it says would be the “world’s most sustainable car” and can price about the identical as Tesla’s upcoming Mannequin Y – and can come to Australia.
The newest picture in a sequence of tweets was posted by Henrik Fisker, who’s well-known for his work on exterior design for the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, the BMW Z8, in addition to early enter on the Tesla Mannequin S design, on Sunday (US time).
Fisker Inc. goals to convey the all-electric SUV – which Fisker says will, just like the Karma, have photo voltaic panels within the roof – to market by 2021, price beneath $US40,000 (about $A57,000 transformed), and most notably – an Australian launch is on the playing cards.
Responding on Sunday to a question from TechAU’s Jason Cartwright, “Out there in Australia”, Fisker responded, “Sure”.
Out there in Australia?
— techAU (@techAU) July 20, 2019
The race is on; and little doubt given Fisker and Tesla’s previous rivalry (after beginning work with Tesla on the Mannequin S, in April 2008 Tesla sued Fisker claiming technological designs from the Mannequin S had been stolen and used within the Karma – Fisker received the case), Fisker has some to proving to do.
Fisker Automotive, in fact, has an extended technique to go whether it is to actually “tackle Tesla” with an all-electric SUV – at this morning’s Q2 earnings name (Australian time), Tesla CEO Elon Musk emphasised, regardless of Tesla reporting a Q2 loss, it now has plenty of cash on hand to continue moving towards a 2020 release for its own “mass-market” electric SUV, the Model Y which it thinks will outsell its already ground-breaking and best-selling Mannequin three.
Promoting high-volume electrical vehicles is one thing that Tesla has confirmed, as Musk additionally identified this morning, it might do nicely.
Henrik Fisker, alternatively, most well-liked at first to focus on the premium finish of the market, with the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma beneath Fisker Automotive which he co-founded with Bernhard Koehler in 2007.
Lower than 2,500 Karmas had been ever offered, in response to Car Sales Database, and in 2013 was despatched out of business and purchased out by Chinese language auto-parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group.
Enter Fisker Inc in 2016, and a new promise from Fisker to “ship essentially the most leading edge, thrilling and revolutionary autos”, beginning with a low-volume eMotion electrical sedan.
Fisker nonetheless hasn’t delivered the eMotion, and is now as a substitute eyeing off the extremely popular and doubtlessly profitable mass-market SUV market.
With a promised 80kWh battery and over 300 miles (482km) of vary, Fisker has promised a working prototype will likely be prepared by the tip of 2019.
Neither a timeline or worth vary nonetheless has but been promised for Australia – keep tuned.