Henrik Fisker says production of the EMotion sedan could be delayed to give the company time to perfect its solid-state batteries.
Fisker has made audacious claims about the ‘breakthrough’ battery technology set to be used by the EMotion. However, during an interview with Inside EVs, the noted car designer said that production of the sedan is still some way off.
“We have at least 20 more months to go [of engineering the production version], and we may delay the launch to incorporate our solid-state batteries from the start,” he said.
Despite the potential delay, Fisker remains confident in its flexible solid-state batteries which, as the name implies, will have physically flexible battery cells and the flexibility to be used in a host of applications.
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“Our scientists had some major breakthroughs and we are now much more confident in the technology. There are still a lot of hurdles that need to be solved – it’s not an easy task to bring this new technology to mass market. But, we are working hard at it and plan to have in-vehicle test already next year.”
Many established automakers are also developing solid-state batteries and according to Fisker, its cells could be so efficient that they may not even need any kind of active cooling.
“Our solid-state batteries need less cooling than traditional lithium-ion batteries. We are currently testing our solid-state batteries and are looking into seeing if we actually need active cooling, which would reduce the cost of the battery back,” he said.
Beyond its use of solid-state batteries, the Fisker EMotion will launch with some level of autonomy but Fisker failed to specify exactly our advanced its systems will be. The eye-catching design of the show car will also make it through to production, including the butterfly doors up front. However, the unique rear doors which open backwards and up are yet to be given the green light for the production model.