New Fisker Ocean electric SUV to rival Tesla Model X

28 Nov, 2019 9:30am Luke Wilkinson

Fisker has revealed its forthcoming rival to the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X, with a claimed maximum range of 300 miles

Further details have been released on the new Fisker Ocean: an all-electric luxury SUV which will take on the Audi e-tronMercedes EQC and Tesla Model X when customer deliveries begin in 2022.

Fisker plans to unveil a working prototype of the Ocean on 4 January 2020, before putting the SUV into production in late 2021. It’s available to order now, with an advance reservation priced at $250.

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Under the floor sits an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which Fisker says will provide a range of between 250 and 300 miles. Full specifications for the SUV’s electric powertrain have not been announced but, Fisker has confirmed that some versions will be offered with four-wheel drive.

The SUV’s interior carpets are made from recycled nylon, sourced from abandoned fishing nets and tying in nicely with the new SUV’s name. The sustainability theme continues with the seats, which are trimmed using recycled polyester fibres. A solar panel sits on the roof, drip-feeding the car’s battery pack, providing a claimed additional range of 1,000 miles per year.

Fisker says it will also utilise the discarded rubber waste from tyre production for several components in the Ocean, which prevents the offcuts from going to landfill and ultimately lowers the SUV’s carbon footprint.

To save money and weight, the Ocean’s bonnet has been fixed shut. The space gained under the nose houses the SUV’s electronics and a next-generation, ultra-efficient air-conditioning unit, which Fisker says increases the amount of available cabin space.

Fisker will introduce new ownership and purchasing methods with the Ocean, too. One of the options for the SUV will be a short-term lease through a dedicated mobile app.

In effect you’ll be able to lease the Ocean, in a similar way as you would to a smartphone: buyers can put down $2,999 up front and pay $379 per month. But when the user is finished with the car, they can choose to give it back to Fisker at any time they like - assuming that they cover fewer than 30,000 miles per year.

Fisker also promises that servicing will be a completely stress-free process. The brand will send a technician to collect and return the vehicles whenever maintenance is needed or a service is booked - all of which can be arranged through a mobile app.

Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. said: “For the past two years, we have been working quietly on an affordable luxury electric vehicle that will serve as a flagship for driving positive global change – from the most sustainable materials possible across the supply chain to practicality that will change the perception of what an EV can be.

“The future of mobility is about enjoying an electric vehicle without hassle, long-term commitment and the prohibitive high cost of ownership. 

“Driving the Fisker Ocean will be easy: through a flexible lease via a mobile app. And we take care of all the service and maintenance. Simply put, we’re introducing the future of hassle-free, fun and easy e-mobility.”

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