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Fisker picks CES for new electric car reveal

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Tesla-rivaling EMotion said to have 400-mile range, nine-minute charge time, autonomous capabilities

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Henrik Fisker’s next electric car act is apparently imminent. The Fisker EMotion will be shown at CES 2018 in January, promising a 400-mile electric range.

Fisker told The Street on Friday that the EMotion’s Las Vegas unveil will also focus on the car’s technology, which is expected to include a new type of battery pack with the ability to charge in nine minutes, comfortably ahead of the 30-minute Tesla Supercharger charge time. Fisker has previously said this would be possible through a proprietary system called “UltraCharger.”

The EMotion is also expected to feature LIDAR that will allow for Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, though Fisker says it’s still “under development” and therefore unclear if it will launch in 2019 with the rest of the car. Still, the EMotion sounds to be primed to compete with autonomous claims from numerous companies.

It’s Tesla’s line of sedans that Fisker is clearly mirroring, as the first EMotion is expected to offer Model S levels of performance, but with a Model S-like price of $129,000. A less expensive model is in the works, according to The Street, for 2020 and Fisker is clearly aiming for the Model 3 with the goal of a $34,000 starting price.

The reservation book is already open to prospective buyers with $2,000 to hand over for a deposit, but the first EMotion deliveries are not planned until 2019. That’s when a number of other brands, such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz, are expected to also launch dedicated electric models in the luxury car field — and those are likely to get bigger splashes at a major international auto show or dedicated event. Jaguar used last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal its I-Pace electric SUV concept ahead of its 2018 on-sale date.

Fisker may have to pull out lots of stops in January to prove that, this time, he has the right car.