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
This is the Fisker Ocean – an all-new, all-electric luxury SUV, tasked with rivalling the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X.
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 from 27 November though, with cars due on the road in 2022.
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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. Specifications for the SUV’s electric powertrain have not been announced but, like the Fisker EMotion concept, we expect it will feature separate in-board electric motors for each wheel.
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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.
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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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