Fisker's Plug-in Hybrid

Fisker Plug-in Hybrid

Design and technology development are underway for a new sporty plug-in hybrid sedan designer by Henrik Fisker. The car makes a splash in terms of aesthetics, but at this point, there’s almost no information on specifications—and the car has yet to be named. More details are expected when Fisker Automotive unveils the vehicle at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.

Fisker, a legendary designer responsible for some of the most fuel-thirsty high-end automobiles in the world (including the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage), joins other in the race to produce a luxury super-green sports car. Tesla Motors is expected to roll out its six-figure all-electric Roadster in 2008, and legendary auto entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin is planning to release a luxury sedan plug-in hybrid in late 2009.

The Fisker car is beautifully sculpted, with Fisker-esque styling from front to back. Inspirational cues from Maserati and Aston Martin are evident. Engineered with the car’s battery pack at the center of the vehicle for a more balanced ride, the car is promising a 50-mile range when powered on electricity alone. The plug-in hybrid will travel 620 miles between fill-ups, when using a combination of electricity and gasoline. As with other plug-in hybrid concepts, the unofficial fuel efficiency magic number is 100 mpg.

The plug-in hybrid system is being developed by California-based Quantum Technologies. The Fisker plug-in is scheduled for release in 2009, with an estimated sticker price $100,000. Initial production runs will be approximately 100 units.

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  • Paul Richards

    So what? A few efficient cars for rich people has zero significance on the planet earth’s future. If this is the way Detroit is going to find its way to sustainability, we are all in big trouble. Get a clue, you all.

  • Zol Hooper

    Any manufactured good will be more expensive before the process has reached economies of scale. In order to gain access to the kind of manufacturing power needed to bring the price down, they need to generate public interest. The way they choose to do that is by showing that these efficiencies are possible, albeit quite expensive.

    At the end of the day, the price will never be reasonable until these kinds of cars are mass-produced. So supposing that these companies do profit greatly from 100+MPG cars, they are still doing us a service by drawing the bigger automakers to the market.

  • Bert
  • Tony

    Paul, you just need to understand that this is how revolutionary technological innovation works in a free market. It’s not just the best way, it’s the only way.

    Consider the cel phone, the personal computer, the television, the telephone and even the automobile itself, share one common attribute from their early history — all were fantastically expensive for their time, and all were initially available exclusively to the very, very rich.

    Electric and, eventually, fuel cell cars will enter the mainstream market in the same way — if they are to enter the mainstream at all.

  • gok

    If hybrids (environmentally friendly vehicles in general) are only seen as vehicles for retiring hippies. Interest in them will only reach those that care about the environment and have money. If you make them “sexy” and “macho” they then start capturing the interest of one of the most important demographics, 18 to 40 year old men.

    Now someone just needs to make a Hybrid Monster Truck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Scott

    To pretend that the only automobiles that will be good for the environment are the lowest cost ones is foolishness. True, the mass market will be at the lower end of the cost spectrum. However, to not create luxury electrics would be a grave mistake. To alienate any portion of the market is foolishness. To have the “lower class” driving electrics while the “upper class” or “elites” drive gasoline cars would just give reason for greater inter-class resentment. We already have enough people foolishly resenting those with more money then themselves in this nation, as well as the world, and we don’t need anything adding to it. I may only make $40k per year, but I want the guy making $40M to stop adding to the pollution levels and funding terror supporting nations as well.

  • David

    We are at the dawn of a new era. Les fossil fuel, less polution, less noise, and for a while at least, less cash. I sure enjoyed my Texas Instument calculator. Lets all pull on the same end of the rope. Skip the fuel alternatives and jump straight to plug-in Nanobattery teck and enjoy that quiet electric ride. We all will sleep better when we put OPEC in its place.

  • VivaDnA

    Without sounding too corny, “there’s going to be a revolution soon.” 2010 is going to be the year. When many of the plug in hybrids start to hit the streets, car owners in every segment, from luxury, to performance, to economy are going to start looking at their existing cars as complete dinosaurs! I already do and I can’t wait to trade in both of my cars for the new plug in hybrids. For environmental, economic and security reasons, this will happen. It’s about time!

  • Zero X Owner

    Use the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0 liter four cylinder TDI turbocharged engine developing 140 hp and 235 foot pounds of torque for the generator and we’re talking – bet it’s more efficient than the crappy GM 2.0 liter Eco-boots.

  • William Smith

    This car seems great hope it might carry all the modern technology and hybrid engines. It is sure to become one of the most admired car in the world. Thanks for share.

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