New Fisker Ocean electric SUV: prices, specs and on-sale date
The latest Tesla Model Y rival starts from £34,990; first examples will be with UK customers by mid-2023
Order books are now open for the Fisker Ocean electric SUV. Early reservation holders for the ‘Ocean One’ launch edition are being contacted to finalise orders for the 5,000 examples being produced worldwide, which all feature an exclusive startup message and badging, plus 22-inch alloy wheels and ‘MaliBlu’ interior scheme.
Prices for the Ocean One start from £59,990, with production slated to begin in November. However, UK customers will need to wait until mid-2023 before right-hand-drive versions of the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5 rival begin to arrive.
So far, Fisker has received over 50,000 reservations for its first electric car, but the company’s CEO Henrik Fisker informed DrivingElectric that this unexpected level of demand hasn’t impacted the timeline for production. However, he did reveal the brand is making plans to ramp up production in the second half of 2023.
The limited edition Ocean One will be the most expensive model in the UK, while the entry-level Ocean Sport is set to cost £34,990. Customers will need to wait until late 2023 before that particular version launches, but Fisker has said its “asset-light business model” should enable it to “hold pricing steady through 2023”. Several versions of the Ocean will be available in time, some capable of covering up to 391 miles on a charge.
The Fisker Ocean faces a mountain of competition from zero-emissions SUVs like the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron, BMW iX3, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan Ariya and Toyota bZ4X, plus other equally accomplished EVs like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60.
Fisker Ocean range and performance
The entry-level Ocean Sport will have a range of around 275 miles on a full charge according to Fisker. The all-wheel-drive Ultra variant has a longer 379-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 391 miles and a £59,900 price tag – the same as the Ocean One.
The first 5,000 examples produced will be badged as 'Ocean One' and feature the same powertrain as the range-topping Extreme. It’s this version that’ll go on sale first, in July 2022. Production is slated to begin in November this year, with first deliveries due to commence shortly after. But, as we mentioned, UK drivers will need to wait until mid-2023 before first examples arrive here.
Fisker has said that due to capacity constraints, it’s likely that production of the cheaper Ocean Sport “will not commence until late 2023, initially at modest volumes, with higher volumes expected in 2024.” The Ocean is to be assembled in Austria by another company Magna, whose facility also produces several models for BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar.
While the electric SUV might be comparable in length to the iX3 and Model Y, speaking to DrivingElectric, Fisker’s top boss 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 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds. The all-wheel-drive Ultra pumps out 533bhp and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.2 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 3.9 seconds.
Charging and batteries
Fisker hasn’t revealed information about the Ocean’s charging speeds, or the exact sizes of its batteries, 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.
Interior, technology and unique features
Inside, there’s a slim 9.8-inch digital driver’s display behind the two-spoke steering wheel, with the dashboard dominated by a 17.1-inch central touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, too. 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. 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 limited-edition Ocean One also features 22-inch alloy wheels, while the rest of the line-up gets 20-inch alloys as standard.
Unless you go for the entry-level Sport trim, the Ocean also features 'California Mode' which lowers all eight of the SUV's windows, including the sunroof and the tailgate's glass panel, to transform the zero-emissions family hauler into a "coastline-cruising convertible" according to Fisker.
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 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”.
All versions of the Ocean feature Fisker’s Intelligent Pilot safety tech, which for Sport models includes autonomous emergency braking, a rear-view monitor, blind-spot monitoring, front and side collision warning, driver drowsiness and attention warning, lane keep assist and auto high beam. Ultra trim adds to this with a 360-degree surround view monitor and upgraded AEB, while Extreme and One models go even further by adding a self-parking functionality and lane change assist among other features.
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.
When it comes to getting your Ocean cared for, the company’s founder told us: “Either we pick up the car for service, or we’ll do mobile. So, you don’t have to bring the car to service, we actually do it for you. We may either bring it to a service partner, or we bring it to our own larger service facility, which we will have outside of London.” Meanwhile, Fisker Mobile Service will bring technicians directly to you and your car.
The Fisker Ocean is covered by a six-year/60,000-mile warranty and roadside assistance as standard, while the powertrain and battery gets a 10-year/100,000-mile guarantee.
Future Fisker EV plans
Fisker’s follow-up to the Ocean will be a smaller electric crossover called the PEAR – an acronym for 'Personal Electric Automotive Revolution' – that’s already in development. The PEAR will offer a range of up to 310 miles, rear and all-wheel-drive powertrains, and according to Fisker’s CEO, could start from close to £25,000 when it arrives in 2024. The PEAR’s underpinnings will also be used for another two models Fisker teased earlier in 2022, one of which we believe is an electric pickup truck.
Finally, Fisker has revealed it’s working on a four-seat convertible GT car with a range of approximately 600 miles, currently called the Project Ronin (above). CEO Henrik Fisker shared on social media that the flagship Tesla Roadster rival will be capable of 0-60mph in close to two seconds – thanks to a combination of three electric motors – while offering space for four adults and their luggage.
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