The new Fisker Ocean is set to rival the Audi e-tron and will make its first public appearance at CES 2020 in Las Vegas
The all-electric Fisker Ocean will make its public debut in January 2020 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When it reaches the mass market in 2022, it will join an increasingly populated crowd of luxury electric SUVs, rivalling the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X.
The Fisker will be powered by an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which the firm says will offer a range of between 250 and 300 miles. Additionally, more than 200 miles of range can be added from just 30 minutes of conventional fast-charging, while Electrify America’s latest 350kWh fast-chargers can recover charge at a rate of 20 miles per minute.
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Specifications for the Ocean’s electric powertrain are yet to be announced, but Fisker has confirmed that some versions will have four-wheel drive. Fisker also says it will offer a “free miles” package with each vehicle, giving each owner a limited number of complementary charges – although the amount of free electricity included in the deal is yet to be confirmed.
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Fisker says the Ocean has been designed to be as ecologically sustainable as possible. The car’s seats are trimmed using recycled polyester fibres, while its interior carpets are made from recycled nylon, sourced from abandoned fishing nets (and tying in rather nicely with the SUV’s nameplate).
The Ocean’s roof features a solar panel, which drip-feeds the SUV’s battery pack and provide 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.
Finally, to save money and weight (as well as benefit the SUV’s aerodynamic efficiency), 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.
New Fisker Ocean: ownership and purchasing
Fisker plans to introduce new ownership and purchasing methods with the Ocean, with one of the options for the SUV will be a short-term lease through dedicated mobile app.
In effect, buyers will be able to lease the Ocean in a similar way they would to a smartphone, paying an initial deposit of $2,999, followed by monthly payments of $379. 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.
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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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