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Fisker Ditched Graphene Battery Tech To Focus On Flexible Solid State Batteries

Looks like graphene batteries aren't exactly as production ready as Mr. Fisker had hoped.

To fully grasp the scale of what Henrik Fisker was attempting to do by debuting Nanotech Graphene battery technology in the upcoming EMotion, it’s important to note that every automaker, from Tesla to the giants like Volkswagen and GM, have been pouring billions into research and development—buying up the most highly regarded scientists and sparing no cost on the technological front—all in hopes of eliminating even the slightest headaches the modern battery could make drivers experience.

His hopes, unfortunately, have come crashing down. In an emailed statement, Fisker said that plans to use revolutionary graphene batteries in the EMotion have been scrapped because the technology is not yet ready for use in a road car. Previously, the famed designer turned entrepreneur claimed to have made advancements in graphene battery technology that would change the game, offering shorter charge times and a better lifespan while still providing more than 400 miles of range. “It was Fisker Inc.'s decision to not use Nanotech Graphene enhancement technology, as it is years away from being production ready,” read the Fisker Inc statement. In place of the cutting edge batteries, Fisker has instead turned to LG Chem for battery packs.

Thanks to the partnership. EMotion customers will see an “Ultra Pack” in their cars, which is a 145 kWh battery that delivers the 400 mile range Fisker initially promised. Fisker has been testing these batteries for the past three months with promising results and ultimately went with the decision to ditch Nanotech Graphene batteries in order to stay within timeline targets. With an optimistic look on the future, Fisker has not ceased the push for advanced battery technology. The company has diverted its resources to focus on flexible Solid State battery technology, which it hopes will one day be a viable alternative to the NCM 21700 lithium ion cells—essentially the same kind as those used by Tesla for the Model 3—that the EMotion will now carry.

Aside from the stagnant charge times, EMotion owners shouldn't suffer too much from the lack of the Nanotech Graphene batteries in the $100,000 sedan.

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