Fisker Automotive has taken the wraps off its “Nina” extended-range luxury electric vehicle as the 2012 New York Auto Show begins to kick off. Now called the Atlantic, the vehicle promises to deliver additional revenue to the niche green car manufacturer, provided it can navigate the choppy waters it currently finds itself in.
The Fisker Atlantic, the automaker said, is a four-door sporting sedan with what is described as a “luxurious and practical interior.” It is said to be aimed at young families, and makes use of second generation “EVer” (electric vehicle with extended range) technology that essentially makes it a plug-in hybrid and reportedly fights off that range anxiety issue some drivers have with traditional electric cars.
Specifics on mileage and pricing are yet to be released by Fisker, but what we do know is that the vehicle makes use of a four-cylinder gas engine which acts as a generator and is not mechanically connected to the wheels. The Atlantic, according to Fisker, “allows drivers to switch manually or automatically between electric and gasoline driving modes and sustain the charge of its lithium ion batteries on the move.” It will include rear wheel drive with an all-wheel drive option.
The prototype showed off at the New York Auto Show includes a glass roof described as having a “ridged spider structure” that is built of strong construction and offers a good amount of rear headroom. The vehicle will likely also have all the technological bells and whistles one would expect a luxury car like this can, and should, offer for what will probably be a hefty price tag.