New Fisker electric car: 'butterfly doors' … but strange hype too?

We’re slowly learning more about Henrik Fisker’s planned 300-mile electric car, as the designer has now released a pair of teaser photos of the vehicle.

It appears to have scissor doors that pivot toward the sky, for instance.

And its aggressive front end looks an awful lot like the VLF Force 1 supercar concept he showed in January at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

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It’s rumored that VLF’s plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan, will be the production site for the planned Fisker all-electric luxury sedan.

Founded by Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal, VLF now builds the Force 1 at that plant, along with the VLF Destino, a 2012 Fisker Karma with its plug-in hybrid powertrain replaced by a high-performance Corvette V-8.

So far, Fisker has said that his planned electric luxury car will offer up to 400 miles of range, using new and more energy-dense graphene-cell technology for its battery.

The 2012 Fisker Karma was a range-extended electric car with a GM 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that powered a generator to provide electricity to its pair of rear motors.

But Fisker has said he believes that all-electric cars will ultimately supplant plug-in hybrids, perhaps influenced by the success of Tesla Motors, which has now built 125,000 or more of its Model S and Model X electric luxury cars.

As the designer teases the upcoming vehicle, however, questions have arisen about the design’s reception on various forms of social media.

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An article last Friday from The Truth About Cars suggested that comments posted on articles about the proposed Fisker electric car, its design, and the designer himself were part of a campaign to influence discussion.

What appeared to be a groundswell of support from Fisker fans, often with lavish praise written in imperfect English, may have been an orchestrated effort by a company that specializes in “online reputation management,” it said.

The report suggests that the new company or an executive of Fisker Inc. may well have coordinated such efforts, which in the political realm are sometimes known as astroturfing.

The piece is worth reading as a whole, because it adds another potential dimension to the efforts of a well-known figure in the industry to nurture interest in yet another striking, expensive plug-in vehicle.

Green Car Reports reached out to Fisker Inc. on social media last Friday, asking for comment on the article and its assertions.

The company has not responded.


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