Fisker Ocean One BEV Ready for Production – Ward’s Auto | CarTailz

From Southern California to Scandinavia, Fisker’s prototype Ocean One battery-electric SUVs can be seen on roads around the world as part of the company’s testing and validation phase. Henrik Fisker, Fisker’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, says production of the Ocean One is on track to begin November 17 at Magna’s carbon-neutral factory in Graz, Austria. The contract assembler and supplier has already built 55 prototypes to carry out powertrain, driver assistance and safety tests.

The Fisker Ocean starts at $37,499 with a higher priced premium limited launch edition, the Fisker Ocean One, which sells out in less than 30 days. Fisker currently has more than 60,000 paid reservations worldwide. Ocean One’s Extreme trim is expected to follow the first production run.

The automotive designer and entrepreneur launched the Fisker Karma, a premium plug-in hybrid vehicle, in 2008. A few years later, he founded Fisker Inc., a separate e-mobility and technology company based in Southern California. The company is focused on the development of long-range electric vehicles. These include the Ocean SUV, the Fisker PEAR urban lifestyle BEV, which is expected to be built by manufacturing partner Foxconn in Lordstown, OH starting in 2024, and the luxury sports car Fisker Ronin.

Henrik Fischer describes the Ocean as a fully electric, dynamic and driver-oriented vehicle. The company’s guiding principle is to combine contemporary design with world-class technology while creating sustainable vehicles for consumers.

“Our mission is to bring the next generation of electric vehicles to life to meet the challenges of range and cost,” explains Fisker. “We are revolutionizing the mobility industry by developing the most emotionally desirable and exciting electric vehicles, complemented by the longest range and fastest charging times.”

Wards recently spoke to Fisker about Ocean One’s production plans and the unique features of the BEV.

WARDS: What prompted the decision to have Magna make the Fisker Ocean?

FISKER: We are on an incredibly difficult journey that has never existed before. That’s the design and development of a vehicle in just over two years. One of the biggest hurdles in the automotive industry is high-volume automotive manufacturing. It’s a little pretentious for a company to think they can build a new factory, make a car with new technology with people who’ve never built a car, and think they can do it as well as some of the traditional ones OEMs who have spent decades figuring this out.

One thing I found very appealing about working with Magna on our first vehicle is that the company has experience in manufacturing high quality vehicles. This is a very important part of Fisker’s business model to get the Ocean on the road quickly and not only to meet customer demand for an exciting electric vehicle, but also to meet quality expectations and be on-time with production.

Time is money. It is important to be in the market when you promise. We also have access to microchips because Magna is the fourth largest supplier in the world. I think a lot of our suppliers feel comfortable knowing we’re working with Magna. We are currently going through the tests that typical OEMs undergo. We just completed hot weather testing earlier this year and conducted winter testing in northern Sweden.

WARDS: Can you share some of the unique characteristics of the ocean?

FISKER: When we launch a new vehicle, we want it to have at least four unique features or one feature that is best in class. For example, the Ocean currently has the longest range of any SUV in its class at 350 miles/630 km on a single charge. The SolarSky roof offers the ability to harness the sun to generate free energy to support the Ocean’s battery-powered engine. In full sun, Ocean Extreme’s SolarSky is expected to produce 1,500 to 2,000 miles of energy per year.

Fisker Ocean SolarSky roof

The SolarSky roof collects solar energy to power the Fisker Ocean Extreme.

Another high-performance feature is Smart Traction, which allows the Ocean to drive more like a sports car than an SUV. It improves stability and traction on wet and icy roads and minimizes energy loss, so it’s eco-friendly.

For Fisker it was important to use sustainable materials in the construction of the interior upholstery and carpet to reduce the carbon footprint. Therefore, the eco-friendly interior is made from recycled plastic and other upcycled materials.

The fourth feature we have integrated is the PowerBank system, which uses the battery as a multifunctional mobile energy. With this technology, the battery can act like a backup power source to power a home for up to seven days and allow you to connect your charging port to another electric vehicle for an emergency boost. Two of the Ocean’s top models feature California Mode, in which eight panes of glass open to transform the SUV into a convertible feel. We also developed the Revolve 17.1-in. (43 cm) rotating center touchscreen for watching movies and videos and Park My Car automatic parking assistance system.

When buying a vehicle, the technology is often three years or older. At the Ocean One, it’s as new and modern as your smartphone because we chose the technology last year. At Fisker, we want to keep up with your smart devices and the connectivity and technology consumers are using.

WARDS: What type of batteries are used in the Ocean vehicles?

FISKER: We have entered into a partnership with CATL, the world’s largest battery manufacturer in China, who will supply two different battery solutions for the Ocean. These include the “Touring Range” lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) battery for our entry-level Ocean Sport model and the “Hyper Range” lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) battery, which ensures long ranges Mid-range Ocean Ultra and top-of-the-line fully loaded Ocean Extreme. Both battery packs support charging of more than 250 kW.

WARDS: How are the vehicles sold, delivered and repaired?

Fisker: Fisker Vehicles are displayed in showrooms around the world that we call Fisker Experience Centers. Here, customers have the opportunity to speak to Fisker specialists, test drive the electric vehicles and make reservations. Some of the first locations to open in November include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Miami, Munich, London, Copenhagen, Vienna, Paris and Oslo. We see ourselves as a digital car company, so the entire buying process takes place online.

There are three ways to have vehicles delivered. Customers can opt for home delivery for a fee or pick up the vehicle at a designated delivery center outside of a major city. For example, there will be one outside of Vienna and one outside of Copenhagen. Our strategy is to set up large delivery centers outside of big cities to minimize costs and deliver hundreds of cars very quickly every day. The third option customers have is to pick up their vehicle at some of the Experience Center lounges that offer this service.

When it comes to service repairs, our first line of defense is to determine if something can be done wirelessly. When the vehicle needs to be taken to work, mobile technicians are available. We also have partnerships with major service centers such as Bridgestone in the US and Europe and meconomen group in Scandinavia.Fisker_Ocean_Interior

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