Fisker electric SUV: Fisker Ocean now open for reservations in US

Wireless charging, $40,000 starting price and near-300-mile range promised for upcoming Fisker Ocean electric SUV

Fisker Ocean

The forthcoming Fisker Ocean electric SUV is now open for reservations, the California-based company has announced. Deposits of $250 are being taken through the Fisker Automotive website or on its newly launched smartphone app, available in the Android and iPhone app stores.

Fisker has also revealed an additional teaser image, showing the side of vehicle, as its unveiilng date of 4 January edges closer. The brand says five different option packages are available to be ordered at launch, and these will be on display in Fisker 'experience centres' from some point in 2020.

The Ocean will have a starting price of $40,000, a 250 to 300-mile range and wireless charging capability. Production is set to begin in late 2021, with deliveries to customers starting in 2022.

A unique leasing model will be offered on the Fisker, with customers able to return the car after one month, eight months, 22 months or several years. Up to 30,000 miles driving per year is included under the terms of the lease.

Company CEO Henrik 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."

He added: "The Fisker Ocean features dramatic sculpture – with a wide stance and a luxurious SUV silhouette. I wanted to combine maximum usability with an unprecedented driving experience. The interior is spacious and extremely modern, bringing a luxury feel and timelessness that has never been seen in a vehicle before."

Key features promised for the Ocean include a solar roof, which Fisker says will power the car for around 1,000 miles of driving in the course of a year, as well as recycled carpeting, 'eco-suede' upholstery, a vegan interior and reuse of rubber waste from tyre manufacturing in its construction.

Fisker has released a series of teaser images of the Ocean in recent months, with the most recent revealing a top-down view of the car. An earlier image of the front of the car closely followed the design previously seen in a digital sketch with a large faux grille and slim LED headlights.

The 4.6-metre-long SUV will sit on 22-inch alloy wheels, with a pair of electric motors – one at the front and one at the rear – giving it four-wheel drive, suggesting a degree of off-road capability and ample towing capacity. In place of a grille, the Fisker Ocean has a centrally mounted radar unit behind a glass panel on its nose, to support its driver-assistance and crash-avoidance systems.

Fisker is also promising "an exciting open-air environment" at the touch of a button, which it calls 'California Mode'. Up front, there'll be a large head-up display, along with a "unique, intuitive user interface" to control the car's systems.

Rather than appointing dealers, Fisker plans to sell the Ocean directly to consumers, in the mould of fellow US electric-car brand Tesla. A 'concierge' model will be adopted to look after maintenance.

In addition to the Ocean, Fisker is planning two more "mass-market" electric cars. It has said that its previously announced Fisker EMotion luxury saloon "will now be introduced to the market after an affordable model becomes available".