You don’t have to be a car expert to know that nearly every player in the auto industry is either already has or is flirting with the idea of adding an electric crossover. Tesla, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and others already did it, and now American start-up Fisker wants to follow their example, with the Ocean.
A future rival to the likes of the Model Y, it will be unveiled in prototype form on January 4, next year. If everything goes as planned, then high-volume deliveries should kick off in 2022, but before that, Henrik Fisker’s company will start taking reservations for it on November 27.
It won’t be the typical buying experience either, as the Ocean, which will have a sub-$40,000 starting price, is all about the future, so Fisker will launch a mobile app-based leasing program.
“The future of mobility is about enjoying an electric vehicle without hassle, long-term commitment and the prohibitive high cost of ownership”, said Fisker. “Driving the Fisker Ocean will be easy: through a flexible lease via a mobile app. And we take care of all the service and maintenance. Simply put, we’re introducing the future of hassle-free, fun and easy e-mobility.”
Described as the “world’s most sustainable vehicle”, it uses several green materials, like the carpeting made from recycled nylon, sourced from abandoned fishing nets pulled from the oceans. The vegan interior trim has become more popular recently, and the Ocean features that too, as well as rubber repurposed from waste generated during tire making.
The 4,640 mm (182.7 in) long vehicle will feature a full-length solar roof that will boost efficiency and could offer up to 1,000 free miles (1,610 km) each year. The Ocean has a targeted range of 250 to 300 miles (402-483 km) on a single charge, depending on the driving conditions, enabled by the 80 kWh lithium-ion battery.