New Fisker electric SUV for 2021 previewed

American company Fisker targets $40,000 starting price, wireless charging and near-300-mile range for SUV due in 2021

Fisker SUV

Fisker Inc., the new electric-car company from Fisker Automotive founder Henrik Fisker, has released details of an electric SUV model that it's planning to put on sale from 2021.

The company says the as-yet-unnamed car will have a starting price of less than $40,000 (equivalent to just over £30,000 at the time of writing). A range of nearly 300 miles is being targeted, thanks to an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Fisker's SUV will sit on 22-inch alloy wheels, while a pair of electric motors – one at the front and one at the rear – gives it four-wheel drive, suggesting a degree of off-road capability. The car is also set to incorporate wireless inductive charging capability.

Company CEO Henrik Fisker said: "Our team set out on a mission to create an affordable electric vehicle that’s more exciting and emotion-stirring than what the market has been offering.

"We’re now excited to be introducing a vehicle that truly reinvents the SUV. At an affordable price point, starting below $40,000, we’re delivering a desirable, luxuriously rugged and green vehicle – complete with unique new experiences and technologies – that’s accessible to people across the USA and the world."

In place of a grille, the Fisker SUV 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, suggesting some kind of panoramic sunroof or convertible top arrangement for the vehicle. 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 directly to consumers, in the mold of fellow US electric-car brand Tesla. A 'concierge service' model will be adopted to look after ongoing maintenance.

Fisker says it will start taking deposits for the SUV closer to the start of production. The company is currently finalising a factory location in the US.

In addition to this new SUV, Fisker is also planning two more "mass-market" electric cars. Its says its previously announced Fisker EMotion luxury saloon "will now be introduced to the market after an affordable model becomes available".

The Fisker isn't the only electric SUV on the way from the US in the coming years: Tesla last week revealed its Model Y and start-up Rivian is working on its R1S.