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Fisker has abandoned plans to develop an advanced solid-state battery to use in its future production vehicles.

The car manufacturer has been working on solid-state batteries for a number of years and in 2018, stated that its (since-abandoned) EMotion sedan would soon hit the market with a solid-state battery pack. Evidently, perfecting the technology has proven to be too difficult.

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“It’s the kind of technology where, when you feel like you’re 90 percent there, you’re almost there, until you realize the last 10 percent is much more difficult than the first 90,” Henrik Fisker recently told The Verge. “So we have completely dropped solid-state batteries at this point in time because we just don’t see it materializing.”

“So, as we got toward the end of this — or let’s put it, as we got close to understanding fully this technology, we realized that it was much more difficult than we had predicted and expected in the beginning as we were very excited about some of the early things we were doing.”

According to Henrik Fisker, the company decided in late 2019 or early 2020 that solid-state batteries “are still very, very far out,” suggesting that they could be at least seven years away from reaching high-volume production.

Since scrapping the EMotion and its plan for solid-state batteries, Fisker has pivoted its focus towards the $37,500 Ocean SUV that will use a lithium-ion battery pack. The company is also in the early stages of developing a new affordable model that it believes could revolutionize the EV industry.


Kia released the first official photos of the new K8 in mid-February but failed to show any photos of its interior. Fortunately, we can now get our first look at the car’s cabin thanks to images of a prototype recently spied in Korea.

Much like the exterior, the design of the new K8 is vastly different to the K7 / Cadenza that it replaces. The most obvious change made is the fitment of a massive touchscreen display that encompasses both the gauge cluster and the infotainment screen which sits on top of a redesigned dashboard.

Read More: Kia Previews All-New K8, Successor To The K7 / Cadenza

Elsewhere, we can see a three-spoke steering wheel and a center console clad in wood trim with a raised section for the rotary gear selector dial, just like the Genesis G80 and GV80.

The exterior of the K8 is dramatic, to say the least. It sports a unique tiger nose front grille with a diamond lattice design. There are also thin headlights and diamond-shaped LED daytime running lights. Other key design elements include sharp LED taillights and a dynamic character line running down the side that Kia says takes inspiration from “yachts sailing across calm waters.”

Powertrain details for the K8 are unknown, but it will likely be available with Hyundai/Kia’s Smartstream engines. The new K8 is expected to be unveiled in full in the coming months.

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With a starting price of £48,850 ($68,145) in the United Kingdom, the latest generation Jeep Wrangler is already a pricey cookie, yet the new Wrangler 1941 edition is even more expensive at £58,050 ($80,978).

Celebrating the brand’s 80th anniversary, it builds on the Wrangler Rubicon, which is offered from £51,350 ($71,632) locally. It is limited to 41 units and boasts several mechanical and visual enhancements meant to boost its off-road prowess.

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The Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar accessories include a 2-inch (50-mm) suspension lift kit, wheel arch extensions, underbody protection, black door sill guards and splash guards at both ends. The limited-run SUV also features a black fuel filler door, 1941 decal on the bonnet, Rubicon and Wrangler Limited detailing, hardtop headliner and all-weather floor mats. Available paint colors include the Firecracker Red, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal and Billet Silver.

“Each accessory has been designed and engineered specifically for the vehicle, and thoroughly tested”, Jeep notes. “These authentic Mopar accessories and Jeep performance parts guarantee both quality and satisfaction, increasing the capabilities of the legendary off-roader while also retaining the vehicle’s three year warranty.”

Already available in showrooms exclusively as a four-door, the new Wrangler 1941 is powered by the 2.2-liter Multijet four-cylinder diesel, which is mated to an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive with 4 Low mode. This engine pumps out 200 horsepower, has a WLTP rated average fuel consumption of 29.4 mpg (9.6 l/100 km / 24.5 mpg US) and emits 253 g/km of CO2.

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