Fisker launches pre-orders for the Ocean EV, a wannabe Tesla Model Y killer
Fisker Inc. will be unveiling its all-electric SUV Ocean on January 4, 2020, and shipments will not begin until 2022; nonetheless, you may pre-order it right now.
Designer Henrik Fisker founded Fisker Inc. in 2016 following the insolvency of Fisker Automotive, which ended up sold to a Chinese automaker and now produces Karma-branded vehicles.
For three years, Fisker Inc. hasn’t produced a single car series. It unveiled the EMotion sedan/saloon concept last year, which notably packed an innovative graphene battery, but it never made it into production. The Ocean project seems like a much easier vehicle to implement, since it packs a regular lithium-ion battery designed by LG Chem.
Fisker touts its new SUV as the world’s cleanest and most sustainable vehicle. The interior makes use of ‘vegan leather’, the rubber comes from recycled tire scraps, and the floor mats use reprocessed fishing nets as the source material. The foldable hard top has solar panels mounted on it, reportedly capable of delivering up to 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) of free range per year. The 80-kWh battery comes rated for between 402 and 483 kilometers (250 and 300 miles), depending on where you drive.
The rest of the specifications will be revealed when the production begins. The pre-orders are available against a minimum deposit of $250. The Oasis will also be available via monthly subscription starting from $379. You may rent it for as long as you like, but you will be required to turn it in after 48,280 kilometers (30,000 miles) of use. That said, you can just buy it permanently, like any other car.
In an earlier announcement, Fisker said the SUV will start under $40,000. This is comparable with the starting price tag of the Tesla Model Y, which is $39,000. The Model Y boasts 370 kilometers (230 miles) of range and should become available in early 2020.
Editor Andrew Raspopov