Fisker Atlantic Gets Revealed for First Time

By · April 02, 2012

Fisker Atlantic

Codenamed Project Nina, the Atlantic will slot in Fisker's lineup below the $100,000-plus Karma.

Here's the first batch of completely revealing images of the Fisker Atlantic (aka Fisker's "Project Nina"). The low-cost—downright cheap compared to the Fisker Karma—Fisker Atlantic will make its worldwide debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, but thanks to Czech website Autoforum, we have two images of the Atlantic in all its glory.

Codenamed Project Nina, the Atlantic will fall in Fisker's lineup below the $100,000-plus Karma. We expect the Atlantic to debut with a base MSRP of roughly $50,000 and be positioned to compete with loaded varieties of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

Fisker Atlantic

The Atlantic will be built at Fisker's facility in Wilmington, Delaware and will feature a BMW-supplied turbocharged four-cylinder engine as its range extender.

Production of the plug-in hybrid Fisker Atlantic is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-2013. The Atlantic will be built at Fisker's facility in Wilmington, Delaware and will feature a BMW-supplied turbocharged four-cylinder engine as its range extender.

Stay tuned for more info on the Atlantic when it debuts later this week at the New York Auto Show.

Comments

· graememcallan (not verified) · 2 years ago

I need to get one - looks fab ;-)))

· · 2 years ago

There are more photos than those two, and the one from above seems to say that there is no "battery tunnel" (hence different from the Volt and Karma, more like the Model S). Will this be a 5-seat vehicle or a 4?

Fisker say they will have a transmission. Did they really solve the problem that Tesla never did in the Roadster? (I think one could solve it in software, by limiting the motor torque.)

· · 2 years ago

@Chris T,
What problem did Tesla never solve in the roadster? They solved the acceleration problem with a big, digital PEM ( Power Electronics Module ), not a transmission.

· · 2 years ago

The problem of breaking the transmissions. :-) (The Roadster was originally going to have two gears.)

· · 2 years ago

@Chris T.
You must be reading the Detroit propaganda. That was a case where Tesla engineers didn't originally have enough confidence in the electric drivetrain.
Early on, they launched a 2-prong approach to getting the awesome acceleration they needed to get people to notice them. The first approach was the conventional one that's been used to get enough low-speed torque to the wheels in an ICE -- adding gears. Their second approach was designing a more powerful (and efficient) power electronics module that could dump more current into the electric motor and, hence, get more torque from the motor.
Replacing a many-hundred dollar transmission with $10s worth of more IGBTs and saving a few tenths of a second in your 0-60 acceleration time is a pretty good tradeoff, especially when it also increases your efficiency.
Anyone who has worked with electric motors knows that using a gearbox to get more torque is kind of like using a buggy whip to make an ICE car go faster. It's the old reliable tool but the wrong approach.
While Detroit's archaic dinosaurs smugly snicker at Tesla's inability to get a gearbox to work, the solution they ended up with is actually the right answer since it is more efficient, more reliable, higher performance, and cheaper.
Nobody in any rational EV company is even considering a transmission for the future. Its only the troglodytes such as GM, Toyota, and Ford that insist on putting mechanical transmissions in their EVs but that is only to keep their legacy powertrain divisions happy.
The problem was solved.

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