"Cars have become an appliance... And on top of that, you start feeling a bit guilty about driving a car, because it pollutes, you use a lot of gasoline." These are the words of Henrik Fisker, car designer and the man who startes his own automobile company which currently builds and sells the extended-range electric Karma sedan.

"Why do electric cars, or small fuel-efficient cars, always have to look dorky? Why can't we make a beautiful, gorgeous car?" Well, if you're the man who penned the BMW Z8 and a couple of show-stopping Aston Martin coupes, you don't have to design a dorky EV. Which explains the sleek lines of the aforementioned Karma and upcoming Fisker Atlantic.

Will Fisker ultimately succeed in establishing a viable automaker that continues to build cars well into the future? Only time will tell. Either way, we have to admire Henrik's bravado. "The doubters out there, they are rarely the builders. And those who are the skeptics, are never really the inventors... There are a lot of us out there who believe that dreams are possible."

Those parting words are spoken as Henrik Fisker lays out what appears to be a two-door sports car with a low-slung profile that would seemingly mesh quite well with the rest of Fisker's slinky but eco-conscious machinery. Scroll down below to watch the video, which was shot during his TED talk at Chapman University.


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      tomofyork2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do the have to keep re-designing cars, only to have the changes prove to be a hazard or some other problem, and always adding to the cost of a car. If these clowns were smart, they would keep one model in production, at a low cost. The Ford Mustang was designed to be a small and affordable car for college students. Those days are long gone. No cars under 10,000 in the US. All come with &^%$ that most people don't need or want... but they can charge high premium for the extras. Hate air-bags, hate skype and add-ons, hate auto trans. Cars are becoming like living room recliners. You should need to know you are in a machine, and need to have control of it... not it doing things for you. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Bad automakers, bad!
      bobscad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anybody look at the big picture? The materials to make the batterys for electric cars are rare metals they have to mine huge amounts of earth to get a little bit of material, Then when its time to replace the battery the old one is toxic waste. You still need to generate the electricity to charge the batteries, at this point in time thats at coal or perto fired generators , nuk's , hydro. wind (but you cant count on that all the time) solar (oh yea need to use nasty stuff to produce those) So to be honest the smallest carbon footprint is the internal combustion engine. There are still alot of improvements that can be made there to squeeze out every BTU of energy from petroleum. Yes we should work on new things, but we should not turn our backs on things that work now.
        bobgpsr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bobscad
        Lithium is not a "rare metal". Also gasoline takes a lot of energy to get from an oil well to your fuel tank.
      hkristensen2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Henrik Fisker suffer from a "Superiority complex". He will not listen to good advise. What the world need is a simple car that is 100% battery driven. 100-200 mile range and then built FAST charging stations powered by NATURAL GAS. It's not that complicated. From a fellow dane.
        t0fast
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hkristensen2002
        You really need to learn what you're talking about before making such a rude and unintelligent comment. You have just shown that you know nothing about the Karma or the network of charging stations around the US.
      Larry Berglof
      • 2 Years Ago
      You feel guilty about driving a gasoline powered automobile? I hope you're speaking only for yourself Fisker, because I never have, and never will.
      planerguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks very very much like a Corvette that was rebuilt/modified for Dwayne Johnson, aka, "the Rock". It's almost exactly the same, except for it being proposed as a design for an electric car. Cosmetically though, it seems like a stolen design.
        Larry Berglof
        • 2 Years Ago
        @planerguy
        Seriously? What gave it away, the color, the wheels, the interior?
        Larry Berglof
        • 2 Years Ago
        @planerguy
        Seriously? What gave it away, the color, the wheels, the interior?
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @planerguy
        His point was "it's hard to be new in car design". did you even listen before commenting?
      HAT1701D
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The doubters out there, they are rarely the builders. And those who are the skeptics, are never really the inventors... There are a lot of us out there who believe that dreams are possible." Doubters - Yes, because so many of these people, such as Fisker, have promised much and delivered little or nothing and that is what the doubters have witnessed. Skeptics - Much like the doubters, except that they have perhaps seen what has been invented and has been "produced". Those that do get made and are gorgeous are often far above and beyond the common mans price range and the companies involved barely hang on and often do not. Dreamers exist by the millions. We dream about the day someone will be smart enough to build cars / trucks / vehicles that are as exotic looking as machines like the Ferraris, Lambos and others yet be affordable as well. It can be done with today's technology. Oh, but wait, that would make exotic just another appliance......We can't have that. So, let's talk big, draw big and when it does occasionally get built and sold...put a bigger price on it. That is why there are far more dreamers than there will ever be actual deliveries on dreams.
      .cj
      • 2 Years Ago
      ... california woods? wtf. The US should be proud about Tesla and Fisker, two companys which are building the real "new cars". History will tell ...
      oaggbu555
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the best designed vehicles around......too bad it costs so much.
      augyrl323
      • 2 Years Ago
      How old is this story ???? The car discussed IS ALREADY ON THE MARKET, FOR THE PAST YEAR!!!!! SOMEONE is not paying attention.
      winnie
      • 2 Years Ago
      We need to get everything converted to hydrogen yesterday.
        gls1152
        • 2 Years Ago
        @winnie
        hydrogen requires electricity . if you want to save fuel ; mass transit is the only way . private cars and roads and hiways are a huge mistake
          Cory
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gls1152
          Have fun trying to take away folks' cars...dictator.
        Earl429
        • 2 Years Ago
        @winnie
        Do a little research on hydrogen, and how unsafe it really is.
        Hey Tzadik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @winnie
        Winnie, Go back to chemistry class. Highly explosive and reactive. Not practical. Serious safety issue. Why limit or stop at hydrogen car? Why not nuclear cars? We have nuclear subways. Oh that's right, what happens when there is an accident between cars? Now think about hydrogen car accidents... Gls below has the idea. Check out the bullet trains Japan, europe,etc..Even Mexico City has a good metro/subway system, like believe it or not, Iran. Do people all know, that Henry Ford bought up the electric red car system in Calif and tore up MOST of all the tracks to make americans dependent on automobiles???? (i.e. think San Francisco- the cable cars)...In L.A. you can still see some remaining tracks (i.e. Think of the old Tom Mix silent movies or Charlie Chaplin movies on railroad track)
      alphaome4
      • 2 Years Ago
      I believe that the need for all the rare earth material to make the batteries is why were are all over the world militarily.
      Z. Kesh
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see a Camaro =D
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