Renowned car designer Henrik Fisker has returned to the electric vehicle market with a new vehicle, the “EMotion,” which can travel up to 400 miles on a single charge thanks to a body structure made of carbon fiber composites and aluminum and innovative battery technology.
Fisker has created a separate company, Fisker Nanotech — to make the batteries. Fisker Nanotech will manufacture an entirely new energy storage product that is a marriage between a graphene supercapacitor and a lithium ion battery.
Fisker Nanotech will be headed by Jack Kavanaugh. Until recently, he was part of Nanotech Energy, a group of UCLA researchers specializing in improving graphene supercapacitors. Supercaps, as they are called, store electrical energy like a battery but have much faster charge times. Their drawback is that they have low power density.
“The challenge with using graphene in a supercapacitor in the past has been that you don’t have the same density and ability to store as much energy,” Kavanaugh says. “We have solved that issue with technology we are working on. Altering the structure of the graphene has allowed them to improve the supercapacitor’s energy density.”
Many other experts say another drawback is that graphene has historically been very expensive to manufacture. Kavanaugh claims the company has invented a new machine that can lower the price of graphene to just 10 cents per gram. That’s the breakthrough that will make graphene suitable for commercial production instead of just being a laboratory curiosity.
Fisker adds that the carbon fiber and aluminum structure exceeds current safety standards, while its light carbon fiber and aluminum wheels reduce rotational mass by 40 percent.
The EMotion is going to debut later this month on June 30 and will begin taking reservations on the same day. The vehicle is set to hit the market in 2019.