Fisker Turns To Ricardo For 800-Volt Charging & Powertrain
The upcoming Fisker EMotion is to be one of the first electric cars with 800 V electric power-train (assuming it actually arrives as promised in 2019 of course), including its proprietary 800V Ultra Charger, 800V Battery Pack and e-axle systems.
The integration of all these components was entrusted to the Ricardo, which has become a strategic partner for the project.
The EMotion was promised to be equipped with a 145 kWh battery (21700 LG Chem cells), good for over 400-miles (644 km) of range. Charging specs are also set high, with a 9 minute recharge good for ~125 miles (200 km) of driving.
One of the ways to achieve such result, is to improve efficiency through the use of roughly twice higher voltage – around 800 V.
“The EMotion powertrain is based on an 800V high voltage system architecture, which includes the motors, inverters and power electronics. LG Chem will deliver 21700 cylindrical cells based on NCM chemistry that are structured into Fisker’s high energy density battery pack. The exact details of the proprietary charging method are still held closely inside Fisker and will be debuted at the 2018 CES. All vehicle system controls will also be part of the Ricardo Fisker partnership.
The benefits of a 800V electrification system are thinner lighter cables cables, smaller more efficient motors, lower system weight, less heat generation, lower manufacturing costs, faster charging and higher power throughput.”
The public unveiling of the Fisker EMotion is schedule for 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in the Quanergy Systems, Inc. booth (#3315). InsideEVs will be attending the show ahead of its officially opening, and we hope to be able to get an early look at the offering.
Henrik Fisker, founder and CEO of Fisker Inc. said:
“For the past year, we’ve been in stealth mode talking about our technology without discussing partners. With CES being the Global Debut of the Fisker EMotion, we are now starting to share who our partners are. Ricardo is, without question, a global leader in powertrain integration. We are setting the benchmark high with the EMotion and Ricardo is yet another partner that will help make the EMotion truly a world-class vehicle.”
Ricardo US President Paul Rivera said:
“I am pleased that Ricardo will be working with Fisker Inc., to overcome the challenges associated with integrating ultra-high voltage, energy storage, components and wide band gap semiconductors. We look forward to partnering with Henrik Fisker – arguably one of the most well-known automotive designers in the world – and his team to bring the Emotion premium electric vehicle to market, while generating advanced technical solutions that benefit our customers.”
— Henrik Fisker (@FiskerOfficial) October 28, 2017
— Henrik Fisker (@FiskerOfficial) October 24, 2017