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.