Is Fisker's newest EV the world’s most innovative and sustainable car?
[Nov 27, 2021: Julie Gaubert]
Henrik Fisker speaks about the Fisker Ocean electric vehicle after it is unveiled during AutoMobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. (CREDIT: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP)
When it comes to instigating a green car revolution, electric automaker Fisker is putting the wheels in motion to be more environmentally-conscious.
On Wednesday, the Dano-American carmaker’s chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker revealed what could be the "world’s most sustainable car" at the LA Auto Show.
"Our mission is to create the world’s most innovative and sustainable vehicles that are also affordable, and it all starts with the Fisker Ocean as we fully embrace a clean future for all," Fisker said at the event.
How sustainable is the Fisker Ocean?
Fisker said the Ocean has been designed to be "as sustainable as possible". What does that mean in practice?
"Our mission is to create the world’s most innovative and sustainable vehicles that are also affordable, and it all starts with the Fisker Ocean" Henrik Fisker said. (CREDIT: Fisker Inc.)
Inside, the five-passenger car has a fully-vegan interior using recycled materials, including carpets made from reclaimed fishing nets and old t-shirts. The wheels are an alloy of renewed rubber complete with recycled material wheel covers.
"It’s an exciting part, that we can use recycling materials and actually create a luxury vehicle," Fisker said.
As for the batteries, the SUV is powered with a 80 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack using a lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) battery cell chemistry. It's supplied by CATL, the Chinese battery maker who is already in business with Tesla and Volkswagen.
The Fisker logo is seen on the solar roof of the Fisker Ocean electric vehicle after it was unveiled at the Manhattan Beach Pier ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. (CREDIT: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP)
There will be three all-electric models of the Ocean: the Fisker Ocean Sport, Fisker Ocean Ultra and Fisker Ocean Extreme.
The vehicle will officially start rolling off the production line at the factory of Fisker’s manufacturing partner, Magna-Steyr in Graz, Austria in November 2022.
A solar roof and rotating screen
The EV’s battery power and interior aside, Fisker is looking to ramp up its sustainability credentials further. For instance, the Ocean Extreme, with its higher list price, has been designed with a unique solar roof, the FiskerSolarSky.
Fisker claims that it is capable of providing around 3,200 km of additional range per year under ideal conditions.
The interior also features a huge 17.1-inch screen in the centre of the dashboard. For comparison, a Tesla's screen measures 15 inches.
The Ocean's screen has the added advantage of being rotatable, allowing drivers to switch from landscape to portrait mode depending on their current usage.
As a final flourish, Fisker wants to play it cool with a "California" mode. This mode lowers all of the vehicle's windows at the touch of a button, even the quarter windows, the little windows above the rear wheels.
Making electric vehicles accessible for everyone
With prices ranging from $37,499 (€33,150) for the Sport edition to $68,999 (€60,822) for the Extreme one, the automaker’s CEO said he was determined to make "a super cool vehicle that was accessible for everyone".
In the US, after federal and state tax credits as well as incentives are taken into account, the cost of a new Fisker Ocean Sport will in fact drop to $29,999 (€26,519).
Attendees view the Fisker Ocean electric vehicle after its unveiling during AutoMobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. (CREDIT: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP)
"I think that’s really what we need to do for really making electrification global, we need to make electric vehicles accessible for everyone," he said.
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