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Fisker unveils the Atlantic design prototype in New York; second-generation EVer powertrain

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Fisker Atlantic design prototype. Click to enlarge.

Fisker Automotive unveiled its new model, the Atlantic sedan (known earlier as project Nina), in an event in new York. Revealed as a design prototype, the Fisker Atlantic is a luxury four-door sporting sedan using the second generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) technology.

Like the Karma sedan, the Fisker Atlantic is a plug-in series hybrid vehicle that allows drivers to switch manually or automatically between electric and gasoline driving modes and sustain the charge of its lithium-ion batteries on the move.

Its four-cylinder gasoline engine, which acts as a generator and is not mechanically connected to the wheels, is tuned to offer maximum economy and high torque. Fisker says the Atlantic EVer powertrain will offer “highly competitive” performance for a car in its class. The standard powertrain will be configured for rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive version will be offered as an option.

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Atlantic glass roof. Click to enlarge.

The Atlantic design prototype’s glass roof shows off a ridged ‘spider’ structure. This construction also allows the Atlantic to offer a remarkable amount of rear headroom for a car with its stance. This approach fulfills and surpasses all current and projected future rollover safety and crash-test requirements worldwide, according to the company. The Fisker Atlantic’s long wheelbase also affords extra legroom for rear passengers and more space in the trunk.

The rear door handles have been integrated in the rear C-pillars, to continue the sense and look of a sporting coupe without losing the practicality of a four-door sedan. The rear end of the car is aerodynamically shaped, with a sharp spoiler lip on the trunk that runs down over the side of the car to enhance aerodynamic performance.

Overall, the Fisker Atlantic’s dimensions are comparable to those of an Audi A5, according to the company.

Fisker Automotive is transitioning from a start-up automaker to a fully-fledged mainstream car manufacturer and the Atlantic is a crucial milestone in that process. We have a long way to go, but in the near future Fisker intends to deliver this exceptional American-designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicle to showrooms worldwide.

—Tom LaSorda, CEO Fisker Automotive

More details on the Fisker Atlantic, including statistics, prices and an on-sale date will be given closer to the launch of the production car.

Comments

kelly

Wasn't this Nina model to be priced 'for every man'?

SJC

The Nina -- which could have a different name after its unveiling -- is expected to cost about $40,000 after a $7,500 federal electric car tax credit.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/02/autos/fisker_nina/index.htm

They will have to improve their quality control if they are going to regain any credibility.

Nick Lyons

Fisker has a mountain to climb. It has stumbled out of the gate by coming to market with a product that hasn't lived up to the early promise on performance (poor charge-sustaining mpg) or quality (beta-level electronics, etc.) Mass production of cars is very, very hard to do well when you're starting from scratch and are under capitalized. I hope they pull it off, but I wouldn't be an investor. They probably need about a billion dollars and a lot of luck to succeed.

kelly

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-02/fisker-surpasses-1-billion-in-funding-with-new-investment.html

The Nina they show won't be under $50k US - unless the weight is WAY under the 5,000 pound present Karma tank and a lot better designed.

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I don’t think it is Fisker that has a quality issue. There has been two recalls since the Karma launch and both issues were with the battery pack that A123 is responsible for. A123 is the company that has a quality problem and they are paying Fisker for all of its costs in connection with these recalls. I hope A123 is just plain unlucky that they got two issues so early in their history as a company. I don’t think Fisker can be blamed. Nor do I think Fisker’s customers will notice much apart from waiting longer for their cars which of cause is irritating.

The god thing is that Fisker now has got two vehicles that looks dam cool and they appear to be successful in finding alternative funds for the capital they presumably can’t get from their government loan as they launched the Karma a little later (a few months as I get it) than required by the terms for receiving the remaining part of the government loan (plus it is an election year so details matters and granting loans to a luxury car maker does not look good no matter how you try to justify it).

I know I want to drive both of Fisker’s cars and I think the Atlantic could be Fisker’s best job so far. It appears to have a trunk that is more useful than in the Karma and the roof is really new from a design point of view. I know there is now glass that can be dimmed by the push of a button. Maybe the Atlantic will get that.

@Kelly
Weight is not as important for efficiency of electric cars as it is for combustion cars as electric cars has regenerative braking. I am sure the Atlantic does better than the Karma in terms of weight.

Reel$$

Very cool roof. I wish them lots of luck in bringing this design to market.

Lucas

Henrik - A123 has been around for about 11 years now. That's pretty good in the rapidly evolving mismash of the Lithium battery business.

Their 18 V battery in the DeWalt drill will twist your arm off. A lot of them have been adapted for other purposes.

I use mine to take off the lug nuts on my truck.

kelly

Henrik, I like the looks/wish Fisker EVs well, but the $s are high and the weight is high.

The physics of 5,000 lb. remains the physics of 5,000 lb.

SJC

Both models are beautiful and both are too heavy. That may not matter much if the mileage and performance are there.

IMO the Karma is a bargain at $100,000, compared to the Tesla roadster, there is NO comparison. The Fisker wins hands down overall.

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