Sweet EMotion: Fisker Teases Semi-Autonomous EV

                         Sweet EMotion: Fisker Teases Semi-Autonomous EV
Fisker EMotion

Fisker, the electric-car company with a bumpy past that includes a bankruptcy filing in 2013 and a relaunch in 2016, announced it will debut a new model at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. The automaker promises the new battery-electric EMotion sedan will have autonomous driving capabilities and approximately 400 miles of range per charge.

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Fisker is partnering with Quanergy Systems, a maker of lidar sensors, on the EMotion. It says that the new electric sedan will be available with several autonomous features and integrate five of Quanergy's S3 lidar sensors into the car's design. The sensors enable real-time 3-D mapping and object detection, tracking and classification.

The EMotion will be Fisker's second vehicle after the short-lived Karma sedan, which launched for the 2012 model year. The plug-in hybrid Karma had an electric range of roughly 50 miles on a full charge, and an onboard gas Used Engine and generator that allowed it to drive an extra 250 miles. Fisker says the all-electric EMotion, in contrast, will have the world's largest EV battery pack and all-electric range of approximately eight times that of the Karma. It will charge for 125 miles in nine minutes, according to the automaker.

The EMotion is estimated to go into production in 2019, and Fisker says to expect a base price of $129,900; the lidar sensors and autonomous-features package will be an optional upgrade, but Fisker did not reveal pricing. The sedan will make its debut at CES on Jan. 9 in Las Vegas.