- American automaker Fisker has debuted its all-electric SUV ‘Ocean’ with a solar roof for $US37,499 – considerably cheaper than Tesla’s Model X SUV which goes for $US84,990.
- The interior of the vehicle will be fully vegan and made of mostly recycled materials, including abandoned fish nets, plastic bottles, and T-shirts.
- The car will be closely tied with the Fisker app and will allow drivers to pay for their vehicle, book service appointments, and potentially set up rideshares and carpooling in the future.
- On October 15, Fisker announced that Magna International, a global contract automaker, would take a 6% stake in the electric vehicle startup and help Fisker manufacture the Ocean SUV.
- Fisker will begin producing the Ocean in 2022.
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American startup automaker Fisker has debuted its all-electric SUV, Ocean, which comes with a solar roof.
The Ocean SUV will go for $US37,499 â€” cheaper than Tesla’s $US74,190 Model X SUV and $US49,990 Model Y SUV.
Ocean â€” which the automaker claims is the “world’s most sustainable vehicle” â€” was unveiled at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.. The car starts at $US37,499 but drops to $US29,999 after US federal tax credit, according to Fisker, and can now be reserved with a $US250 deposit.
The Ocean sets itself apart from other electric vehicles currently available in the rapidly expanding market with its solar roof, varying “modes”, and emphasis on sustainability.
Fisker’s CEO Henrik Fisker also said in a statement that the company will be the world’s first “all-digital car company.” The Ocean will be synced to an app that will allow its owners to manage actions such as car payments and maintenance schedules, and in the future, Fisker plans on integrating options such as carpooling and ride-hailing onto the app.
On October 15 â€” less than a year after the Ocean’s debut â€”Fisker announced that Magna International, a global contract automaker, would take a 6% stake in the electric vehicle startup and help Fisker manufacture the Ocean in Europe. The new automaker will then use Magna’s “lightweight aluminium intensive ‘FM29′” platform for the Ocean SUV and any future releases.
This 6% will be equivalent to about $US180 million when Fisker completes its $US2.9 billion reverse merger with Spartan Energy Acquisition at the end of this month.
“The big news here is that Magna has skin in the game,” Fisker told Business Insider in an interview with Matthew DeBord. “Magna understands the whole value chain, from the start of engineering to production.”
“Our mission is to become the [number one] e-mobility service provider on Earth, featuring the world’s most desirable and sustainable vehicles while shaking up the old automotive industry model – from the way a customer attains a vehicle, chooses affordable insurance, services a vehicle to the overall mobility experience,” Fisker said in a statement.