New Fisker Ocean electric SUV: prices, specs and pictures
The production version of the new Tesla Model Y rival was unveiled at the 2021 Los Angeles Motor Show, and will be priced from £32,490 in the UK
The entry-level Ocean Sport will have a range of around 275 miles on a full charge according to Fisker, and a starting price of £34,990. That makes the smaller-battery Ocean eligible for the UK government’s plug-in car grant (PiCG), which, if deducted, would reduce the price to £32,490 – nearly £4,500 cheaper than the entry-level Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The all-wheel-drive Ultra variant has a longer 380-mile estimated range and a starting price of £48,900. Above that is the Ocean Extreme, which also gets all-wheel-drive, an estimated range of 350 miles and a £59,900 price tag. Neither of those would be eligible for the grant.
The first 5,000 examples produced will be badged as 'Fisker Ocean One' and feature the same powertrain and price as the range-topping Extreme, but with more kit as standard and a claimed range of up to 390 miles. The Ocean One will also be available in the UK, priced at the same £59,900 as the Extreme.
While the all-electric SUV might be comparable in length to the iX3 and Model Y, speaking to DrivingElectric, Fisker told us: “The Ocean may be an SUV, but it drives like a sports car,” adding: “It’s got the handling because it’s got torque vectoring, and it’s also got instant torque.”
Performance-wise, the entry-level Sport model has a single electric motor that produces 271bhp, which is enough for 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds. The all-wheel-drive Ultra pumps out 533bhp and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, while the Ocean Extreme and Ocean One both produce 542bhp from their dual-motor setups, and will do the same 0-62mph sprint in 3.6 seconds.
Fisker hasn’t revealed information about the Ocean’s rapid-charging capabilities, or the exact sizes of the batteries used in it, other than saying the units in the Ultra and Extreme models are “much bigger” than 80kWh. But it did say the two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models will have two different battery chemistries.
The Ocean Sport’s ‘Touring Range’ battery pack will use lithium-ion-phosphate chemistry, while the ‘Hyper Range’ battery pack in the Ocean Ultra, Ocean Extreme and Ocean One cars will use a nickel-manganese-cobalt chemistry. The different technologies are used to keep the price of the Sport model as low as possible and give the Ultra, Extreme and One models what Fisker describes as “segment-leading range and performance”.
The Ocean Extreme and One also come as standard with Fisker’s SolarSky roof, which is a full-length opening roof that also incorporates enough solar panels to potentially add up to 2,000 miles of range each year for customers in sunnier climates. Entry-level Sport models do get a fixed panoramic glass roof though, and Ultra versions get an openable glass roof.
Inside, there’s a slim digital driver’s display behind the two-spoke steering wheel, with the dashboard dominated by a 17.1-inch central infotainment touchscreen. Additionally, the infotainment screen in the Extreme and One models gets a 'Revolve' function, which allows it to rotate. When you’re driving, it sits in portrait-orientated 'Control' mode, but when parked, the screen can be flipped 90 degrees into landscape-orientated 'Hollywood' mode, so you can watch films while charging. The Ocean can also receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
Other features available in the top-of-the-range Ocean models include a 16-speaker HyperSound audio system capable of 360-degree sound, automatic parking and what Fisker calls ‘Limo Mode’, which allows rear passengers to adjust their climate-control temperature and media volume using a separate touchscreen.
The Ocean’s cabin has been designed with sustainability in mind, with the fabric seats made from recycled T-shirts, and the flooring from recycled plastic bottles. Fisker said: “We wanted to make a luxurious interior, something different. For example, if you look at the front seats, they don't have seams. We've used a whole new type of technology called freeform, which we worked on to make it really luxurious and super modern. The whole idea was to do a clean, luxurious interior. Yes, it's simple, but it still feels luxurious.”
“The whole idea was to do a clean, luxurious interior. Yes, it's simple, but it still feels luxurious.”
The Ocean’s 2,920mm-long wheelbase and floating centre console will help to maximise cabin space. There are no capacity figures for the boot yet, because “we may come out with a third row, so we'd move this [second] row a little bit forward and put a third row in”.
When the car does arrive in the UK, it won’t be sold through a dealer network. Instead, the Ocean will be available to either purchase or lease online, while customers of the car-subscription service Onto will also have access to Fisker’s all-electric SUV through the service.
Fisker’s follow up to the Ocean will be a smaller car called the Pear, which is already in development and is set to arrive a year later. Then there will be two more expensive models, straddling the £100,000 mark, developed in the UK.
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