► Fisker's new EV SUV
► Aiming to cost around $40k
► Due in second half of 2021
Fisker, the eco-friendly brand most famous for the Karma and the Emotion cars, has announced a range of ‘affordable’ cars to come. The first of these is this: the Ocean SUV, with a price tag of $37,499 before the US's EV tax break.
Not the first electric SUV I’ve seen…
No, and it won’t be the last either. The overall design is clean with smooth surfacing, slim headlights and flush doorhandles. To our eyes, it's a cross between Byton's M-Byte, Rivian's R1S and a Range Rover Evoque.
Fisker calls the pattern across the lower bumper ‘parametric’, radars are hidden behind a glass panel just underneath the badge, and optional 22-inch wheels are available.
When the brand first teased the Ocean, it said the SUV would have ‘an extended open-air atmosphere’vthat will be ‘made possible without compromising the rugged and safe structural integrity of an SUV'. That now has a name: California Mode. It allows the Ocean to open all of its windows bar the windscreen, including the small C-pillar ones and even the rear window. It essentially means you can treat it *almost* like a convertible, and that you can chuck your surfboard through the rear window. Because reasons.
So what’ll it do?
Fisker has imposed a range target of around 300 miles with its new SUV. The powertrain comprises two electric motors with one powering each axle, with an 80kWh battery pack. We'll have to stay tuned for more specs.
Any other info?
True to Karma's roots, the brand says the Ocean is the world's most sustainable vehicle. Along with a solar roof (that also rolls back when Cali Mode is engaged), the carpets are made from fully recycled nylon and Dinamica 'eco-suede' is used as upholstery.
How much is the Ocean again?
Fisker says it will go on sale at the end of 2021 for $37,499, with the brand claiming that the USA's federal tax credits lowers that to $29,999. Take that Tesla.