► New £25k Fisker Pear unveiled
► Another all-electric SUV
► Developed with Foxconn
The all-new Fisker Pear electric car is being readied for production. The North American brand’s business partner Foxconn has splashed some cash on a new 6.2 million sq ft manufacturing facility in Ohio, United States, which will start building the electric SUV in 2024.
Fisker’s plans for the Pear are aggressive. The company says its new electric car will have a starting price of just $29,900 (roughly £25,000) in the US, undercutting the cheapest version of the Tesla Model 3 by almost $10,000 (£8k) at time of writing.
Given such competitive pricing, maybe we should give Fisker’s forecasts the benefit of the doubt. The brand expects a minimum production volume of 250,000 cars per year once its plants are running at full speed. For comparison, Kia’s Slovakian production plant currently churns out around 350,000 cars annually.
Fisker and Foxconn: a new partnership
Fisker’s boldness is thanks to its partnership with the Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn. The American car maker is working with Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd – the same entity that produces parts for the Apple iPhone and many other well-known products.
The electronics giant is keen to expand its business in to the burgeoning electric car marketplace – hence the tie-up with Fisker.
Foxconn recently launched a pair of electric cars of its own, both based on its new Hon Hai Open platform. The smaller car – a compact SUV called the Model C – looks to be a similar size and shape to the SUV in Fisker’s teaser photos, suggesting there is scope to collaborate on models in future.
The Californian car maker has made clear that its Pear product has been in development for some time.
Will we be able to buy the Fisker Pear in Europe?
Fisker has confirmed the Pear electric SUV will go on sale in the US and Europe in 2024, followed by sales in China in 2025 and India in 2026.
The company recently confirmed UK prices for its other electric car, the Ocean SUV, which shows the brand is keen to expand into the European market.
Fisker’s CEO, Henrik Fisker, said: ‘Pear will feature the very latest technology in a beautifully designed, affordable urban mobility device. It’s an exciting vehicle and an exciting time for the company as we expand our line-up.’
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