No, really – it isn’t what it looks like…
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I love Henrik Fisker. Not in a ‘I have a poster of him on my wall and I blow kisses to his image every night’ sense, you understand. Not even in a ‘I think he’s wonderful and every utterance is like a breath of sunshine upon my famished soul’ kind of way either. No, I love Henrik Fisker because he provides people like me with so much material to work with.
Recently, we looked at the latest wheeze from the man in the white suit – the appropriately named Fisker Karma. No, hold on, that was the last one. Pity, that would have been perfect. Oh well… Now where was I? Yes, the Fisker Revero. No, that’s not it either. Okay, I’ve looked it up – the Fisker EMotion – I’ll remember it now.
So anyway, we were looking at that and it was good, we felt. So much so in fact that we gave thanks for its goodness, its essential rightness, its sheer Fisker-ness. We couldn’t wait. Of course some cast doubts, aspersions even, but we smiled with righteous pity, for we realised they were in error and we forgave them.
However, there have been reports suggesting all is not well on planet Henrik. According to a July 21 Automotive News report, Nanotech Energy Inc have withdrawn from the joint venture with Fisker Automotive to produce graphene-intensive batteries to power the EMotion. This clearly biased media reporting states that both entities remain in ‘friendly’ discussions about future collaboration, but that in the short term at least, conventional batteries will be employed.
Automotive News goes on to suggest the EMotion will now use cylindrical lithium-ion NCM cells for its battery packs, which will be provided by Korean tech giant, LG Chem; similar to those in use by those craven idolators, Tesla. This is being touted as a climbdown by naysayers who wish to discredit Henrik’s enlightenment.
However as clearly stated in the official Fisker Automotive statement, it was Henrik himself who decided to terminate the relationship, because as he sagely pointed out, the technology remains years away from realisation. Graphene is a sideshow. The real action is taking place in flexible solid state, which instead of liquid electrolyte uses a solid core, allowing the battery to be more compact, more stable and capable of higher voltages. It’s just better in every way.
Solid state technology remains between five and seven years from commercial fruition, possibly more, but we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be downhearted. After all, as Henrik has repeatedly told us, ‘the road is long, with many a winding turn.’ His words, by the way, for which we give continued thanks. Before going on to tell journalists, “We are enhancing and expediting our efforts in solid-state technology and will be announcing our recent developments and partnerships in the near future”, first of which is to be fitted to a planned mass-market car which we can expect to see “ahead of 2025”. I mean, that’s almost tomorrow really, if you think about it.
Meanwhile, deposits are still being taken for the EMotion. Due to unprecedented demand, all 2019 deliveries are already reserved, but if you place your refundable $2000 deposit today, you can expect delivery in 2020. Well, sometime around then. It might be later, but you really won’t see the time going.
All is well, shallow ones – you simply have to believe.