An electric SUV from Fisker, Inc. that is expected to be launched in mid-2021 now has a name – Ocean.
The name, as well as details about the upcoming SUV that will be the first to be sold under the Fisker name since founder Henrik Fisker’s original electric car company Fisker Automotive went broke in 2013, were teased by the founder on Twitter overnight on Thursday (Australian time).
According to Fisker, the Fisker Ocean electric SUV will be produced in the United States, with a “production intent prototype” to be completed by the end of 2019 and unveiled in January 2020. Orders will open to the US on November 27, 2019.
— Henrik Fisker (@henrikfisker) October 31, 2019
But it will not technically be “on sale” – even though Fisker in July said that pricing would start at under $US40,000 ($A58,000 converted) – instead, it will be available on a flexible lease with no long term contract.
Fisker has previously stated it will be available in Australia, and it would appear that if it does become available this will also be on lease.
Official name of the new all-electric Fisker #SUV: will be announced next week!
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— Henrik Fisker (@henrikfisker) October 24, 2019
The first of three new electric vehicles planned by Fisker, Inc., the dual motor Fisker Ocean will have an 80kWh battery pack with over 480km range.
In terms of actual connectivity and other technical specifications, Fisker is not yet giving a lot away.
What we do know is that the Fisker Ocean will have “future-forward” radars set behind the geometric design that replaces the grille, a large heads up display will adorn the dash and occupants will benefit from a spacious interior.
Optional 22″ wheels will be offered, and aerodynamics will feature in the lower body design.
The company is also working on a “concierge service model” (Fisker’s answer to Elon’s robo-taxis?) that will deliver “superior user and maintenance experience”.
“Our team set out on a mission to create an affordable EV that’s more exciting and emotion-stirring than what the market has been offering. We’re now excited to be introducing a vehicle that truly reinvents the SUV,” said Fisker via statement on the company’s website.
“At an affordable price point, starting below $40,000, we’re delivering a desirable, luxuriously rugged and green vehicle – complete with unique new experiences and technologies – that’s accessible to people across the USA and the world.”
The Fisker Ocean will be launched prior to the originally planned low-volume, high-end EMotion. Instead, this will be brought to market after the Fisker Ocean becomes available, Fisker says.
“As the ultimate symbol of future emerging technologies, the high-end EMotion will retake the stage as patented Fisker Solid-State Battery technology becomes ready for vehicle application and commercialization. More information and timelines will be released at a later date,” the company notes.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.