► They’re called the Alaska and the Ronin respectively
► The truck will rival Rivian, while the sports car chases Tesla
► They join the Pear and Ocean SUVs in Fisker’s EV range
Fisker has launched two new electric vehicles, fleshing out its range to four models. The latest arrivals are a pick-up truck called the Alaska and a four-seat drop-top sports car called the Ronin. They join the Pear and Ocean SUVs in Fisker’s line-up and will allow the company to compete with everything from the Kia Niro EV to the Porsche Taycan.
All four models were showcased in a launch event on 3 August alongside the Fisker Blade computing platform (which the company says will greatly reduce complexity in its future cars) and some spiel on the brand’s environmental goals. Long story short, Fisker says it wants to be the world’s most sustainable car maker.
Henrik Fisker, the company’s CEO, set out his stall saying: ‘Innovation and sustainability, along with design, are our three brand values. By 2027, we intend to produce the world’s first climate-neutral vehicle and, as our customers reinvent their relationships with mobility, we want to be a leader in software-defined transportation.’
Below, we’ve compiled the most salient details from Fisker’s most recent launch event, including everything we know so far about the company’s two newest vehicles. We also have more detailed news stories on the Fisker Pear and Fisker Ocean. Scroll down for everything you need to know about Fisker’s electric car plans.
What’s the deal with the 1000bhp Fisker Ronin?
It’s shocking, we know (and forgive the naff pun). It’ll also be the first car of its kind. There aren’t currently any other pure-electric four-door convertible GT sports cars on the market – and we suspect that’ll remain the case for a while, as it’s a rather narrow niche to tackle.
The performance figures look promising though. It features a tri-motor electric powertrain churning out a colossal 1000bhp which Fisker says is enough to shunt the car from 0–60mph in around two seconds. Fisker also says it’s targeting a maximum range of more than 600 miles.
Performance and range figures like these push the Fisker Ronin into direct competition with the Tesla Model S Plaid. However, Fisker is engaging in a spot of spirited one-upmanship, as its car will such as a carbon fibre hardtop and four butterfly doors.
Prices for the Ronin will start from $385,000 (around £300,000) and Fisker has already started taking reservations for the car. If you want one, you can secure your place with a $2,000 (roughly £1,600) deposit. Fisker hasn’t yet fixed a date on when the first cars will hit the showrooms, but we know it’ll be before 2026.
What’s so special about the Fisker Alaska?
Fisker says the Alaska was designed to be the world’s lightest electric pick-up truck. This is important because pure-electric trucks and off-roaders are still immensely heavy. The Rivian R1T weighs more than three tonnes, while the GMC Hummer EV tips the scales at a gargantuan four tonnes. Granted, these vehicles haven’t set the bar very low for Fisker, but any progress is welcome.
The Alaska is built on an adapted version of the Ocean’s platform and, although Fisker hasn’t yet confirmed what’ll power its new truck, we expect it’ll use the same powertrains as the SUV. We reckon it’ll only be available with Fisker’s Ultra and Extreme drive systems, as they’re both four-wheel drive.
In the Ocean, Fisker’s Ultra powertrain pumps out 533bhp, while the Extreme model has 542bhp – and both options feature the firm’s Smart Traction torque vectoring system. That could come in handy when fitted to the Alaska, as a bit of software fettling could turn the system into a pseudo diff-lock, giving the truck better off-road performance.
Fisker also says the Alaska will be available with a range of cargo configurations. You get a choice of load bed lengths (1.3, 2.2 or 2.8 metres) thanks to Fisker’s ‘Houdini’ divider which can be folded away to create an open space between the rear of the cabin and the cargo bed. Then you can fold the rear seats flat like a family hatchback to liberate the extra load length.
Maximum range is touted to between 230–340 miles depending on specification. Prices for the Alaska will start from $45,400 (around £36,000) with first deliveries expected to arrive in 2025. Like the Ronin, interested buyers can already secure their cars with a deposit payment but, because the Alaska is a cheaper vehicle, the amount is much less at $250 (roughly £200).
Did Fisker make any other announcements?
Fisker also unveiled a new off-road focused version of the Ocean SUV called the Force E. It gets a rugged matte black makeover and a host of off-road focused upgrades, include knobbly 33-inch tyres on new 20-inch alloy wheels, a taller ride height, upgraded off-road dampers, a tough-looking roof-mounted storage basket, front and rear skid plates and underbody protection panels.
It’ll only be available with Fisker’s Ultra and Extreme powertrains – and we suspect most of the mechanical improvements under the SUV will also be fitted to the Alaska pick-up truck. Sales are expected to start in early 2024. Prices will be confirmed closer to the car’s launch date, but it’s almost certain to occupy the top spot in the car’s line-up.
The Pear also made an appearance on stage and Fisker took the opportunity to drip-feed us some extra info on the EV’s features. One of the most interesting updates is the car’s seating arrangement. There’s space inside for six, thanks to three-abreast seating up front. The car’s tailgate is very clever, too. It disappears into the rear bumper like the doors on a BMW Z1.
Prices for the Pear are set to start from $29,900 (around £23,500), with first deliveries expected to arrive in mid-2025. Fisker hasn’t yet confirmed whether the car will be sold in the UK, but it will at least make it to Europe. The fact the Ocean is coming to the UK shows Fisker is keen to expand into the British market – so watch this space.