Fisker Ocean Electric SUV Rolls Into CES 2020

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Fisker has revealed the Ocean electric sport-utility at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Fisker Ocean starts at $37,499 and is set to arrive in 2022.

  • The Fisker Ocean is an electric-powered SUV with 250-300 miles of range.
  • All-wheel drive is optional, and solar panels on the roof help feed energy to the 80-kWh battery pack.
  • Online ordering is open now, though the first Fisker Oceans won’t arrive until 2022.

The Fisker Ocean is an electric-powered sport-utility that competes directly with rivals like upcoming Tesla Model Y and Rivian R1S, along with luxury competition such as the Volvo XC40 Recharge, Audi e-tron, and Mercedes-Benz EQC. In this increasingly crowded field, the Ocean stands out for its relatively low entry price of $37,499, not to mention clever details like roof-mounted solar panels and open-ended lease deal.

The Fisker Ocean was revealed during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Paul A. Eisenstein/TheDetroitBureau.com)

Immediate comparisons will likely be made with the Tesla Model Y, the Silicon Valley-based automaker’s highly anticipated small SUV that’s based on the Model 3 sedan. Like the Model Y, the Fisker Ocean starts under $40,000 and offers a dual-motor system that includes all-wheel drive. The Ocean’s driving range is estimated at 250-300 miles, depending on driving conditions. Details such as recharge times remain undisclosed at the moment, however.

From the front, it’s easy to spot a subtle sensor array hidden in the nose of the Fisker Ocean. The production model will almost certainly include some form of autonomous driving aid when it arrives in 2022. (Photo: Fisker)

Powered by a 80-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Ocean should have similar performance to the Tesla Model Y. While Fisker hasn’t revealed information regarding acceleration and top speed, a 0-60 mph time of less than 4.0 seconds is a strong educated guess for at least the all-wheel drive variants. Fisker calls the Ocean the “world’s most sustainable vehicle,” and the prototype shown in Las Vegas has some clever touches.

According to Fisker, the materials used in the cabin include nylon carpeting made from recycled fishing nets, along with seating surfaces and interior trim constructed of recycled bottles and discarded materials from tire manufacturing. All in all, Fisker says the cabin of the Ocean is 100-percent vegan friendly.

From the rear, there is more than a hint of Range Rover’s SUVs in the overall shape and detailing of the Fisker Ocean. (Photo: Paul A. Eisenstein/TheDetroitBureau.com)

The Ocean also promises to be handy when it comes to carrying bulky objects in the cargo bay, too. Not only does this electric SUV include a rear tailgate window that slides completely down, the small windows on either side of the cargo area can also be retracted. This creates a breezy environment for warm weather drives, plus handy openings if you’re toting awkwardly shaped items and don’t want to drive with the tailgate down. The Ocean is also fitted with solar panels on the roof that reportedly deliver up to 1,000 added miles of driving range over the course of a year. We’re expecting this calculation was tabulated using the sunny climes of Southern California, where the headquarters of Fisker Inc. are located.

Available to purchase outright, the Fisker Ocean is also available with an open-ended lease agreement which includes all maintenance and service. (Photo: Paul A. Eisenstein/TheDetroitBureau.com)

Online deposits of $250 are being accepted on the Fisker website. This allows prospective buyers to either purchase an Ocean outright, or sign up for an open-ended lease with no fixed term limit. For $2,999 down and $379 per month, the Fisker Ocean lease can run for however long the client wishes, from as little as one month, to several years. Annual usage for this program is capped at 30,000 miles.

Beyond the launch of the Ocean, Fisker says the platform underpinning this SUV will be used in two additional electric vehicles. A sedan seems likely, as does a longer sport-utility with three rows of seating. At present, the Fisker Ocean is approximately 182-inches long, or about the size of a 2020 Toyota RAV4.

WHY THIS MATTERS

Another electric SUV joins the fray, but this time it comes with an intriguing lease deal, solar panels on the roof, and sliding cargo bay windows to make hauling your surfboard and skis that much easier.


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