Fisker’s Coming BEV Hopes to Make a Splash

Niche automaker Fisker has published the first pictures of its upcoming BEV luxury sportscar, bizarrely dubbed the Fisker Ocean.

The name, which some would have thought better suited to a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, is justified by the company claiming it will be the “will be the world’s most sustainable vehicle – featuring recycled, vegan and more innovative materials” including discarded fishing nets. A bold claim hardly echoed by the SUV’s design which hardly breaks any new ground even among traditional ICE powered vehicles on the market today.

Its proposed launch, planned for next January will be by online live streaming, again hardly ground breaking these days and one that also calls into question a carmaker’s confidence in using a carefully orchestrated invite-only event instead of facing the tough questions journalists would ask at a public showing.

However, the technical details released so far include a full-length solar roof, fully recycled carpeting made from abandoned fishing net waste, vegan interior with “eco-suede” derived from polyester fibers, recycled bottles and plastic. The company says its production will also feature climate friendly processes including re-using discarded rubber during tire manufacturing that will not end up in landfills.

The Fisker Ocean will claim target range of up to 300 miles by employing a 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Production is scheduled to being at the end of 2021 with first deliveries expected for 2022.

Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker, said: “For the past two years, we have been working quietly on an emotionally appealing and 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. 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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_



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