Platform, specs & design of the Fisker Pear finalized [Update]

  • Crossover-styled compact electric car to begin at under USD 30,000
  • Targeted to deliver a range of 310+ miles with an optional 'Hyper Range' variant planned
  • U.S.-spec Pear to be manufactured by iPhone maker Foxconn in Ohio
  • To compete with the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf & forthcoming budgets EVs from the GM-Honda collab

Update: ‘Release Date’ section updated and ‘Development updates’ section added.

The Fisker Pear, announced as a budget electric car project in 2021 has officially become the brand’s second product, following the Fisker Ocean SUV. Reservations for the Fisker Pear are open in the United States. Early birds can pre-order with a small deposit of USD 250. Customers making a second reservation get a USD 150 discount (second reservation deposit: USD 100).

The word PEAR is an abbreviation of Personal Electric Automotive Revolution. Inspiration for the Fisker Pear “has come from some unconventional sources.” Here’s what we know about the affordable electric car:

Exterior

Fisker announced the Pear as its economy-class EV in February 2021 and released a teaser along with the announcement, suggesting it would be a new light crossover. Given the high popularity of crossover/SUV models in the brand’s core markets (existing and planned), it is understandable that it would prefer traits of this body type in the product.

“I guess you’d call it (Pear) a crossover,” Fisker Chairman & CEO Henrik Fisker told Autocar, the British publication said in a report on August 12, 2022. However, the Pear doesn’t really have an SUV look, he added.

Fisker Pear teaser February 2022
The much-hyped Fisker Pear looks like a 5-seat compact model with a large greenhouse, raised ground clearance, and short overhangs. Image Source: Fisker

The first teaser revealed not much except a hip design, which would be in line with the Fisker Ocean SUV, and compact dimensions, which would make it suitable for the narrow roads of European cities and the crowded streets of Asia. Apart from the USA and Canada, Fisker is considering launching the two-box design in China and Europe.

In February 2022, Fisker released another teaser that offered a closer look at the details. It seems like the Pear features a full-width light bar at the front and rear, in what is fast becoming a signature design cue of bespoke EVs. Fisker says that the Pear will be a compact EV offering seats for five people, intuitive controls, sporty driving, and clever storage. The company won’t stop at teasers, though—it plans to unveil a concept version beforehand to help customers visualize what the production version will look like.

Fisker Pear front teaser
The Fisker Pear feels like a crossover-ish hatchback with an emotional design. Image Source: Fisker and Instagram/henrikfisker

In May 2022, Fisker released two additional teasers of the Pear. It is a small car with an unusual design and pronounced wheel arches. It features slim headlights, an illuminated brand logo, an entirely closed upper grille, and a wide hexagonal lower air intake featuring honeycomb pattern inserts and a large sensor (possibly for autonomous driving) at the front. The clean and concave upper portion and the headlights offer a mean yet minimalistic appearance to the electric vehicle. During Fisker’s Q2 2022 earnings conference call on August 3, 2022, Fisker said that the round windscreen is “super cool” and while it’s difficult to carry over that feature into the production version, the company will make it happen.

On the sides, we notice the Pear’s curved A-pillar, pronounced wheel arches, digital mirrors, and a straight beltline on the sides. It has two proper doors indicated by the B-pillar and handles. The rear end is not visible, but the tail lamps are high up.

Using details from the teasers, our rendering (the second image in the gallery above) foreshadows the Pear’s exterior. In addition to the details revealed in the teaser, our rendering features a two-tier headlamp layout, with the main lights positioned separately in the middle section of the bumper. We’ve tried capturing the main details like the greenhouse, wheel arches, wheels, grille, logo, and intake, with guidance from the official teasers. Compared to the sketches, we expect the production car to be dialed-down to comply with global homologation rules and meet the stiff cost target.

At the Q4 2021 and CY 2021 earnings call, Fisker indicated that the Pear would be futuristic in both form and function. He hesitates to use ‘car’ and prefers terming it a ‘mobility device.’ That’s because it looks so different, the way it will function, and some of its innovative storage features.

Fisker has nearly finalized the exterior design, and the CEO has confirmed that it has nothing to do with the Ocean in the looks department. The company finished one of its first engineering milestones on the Pear program in the second week of February 2022.

Interior

Fisker Pear interior teaser
The Fisker Pear’s large windshield, windows, and sunroof will be great for getting a proper view of the vehicle’s surroundings. Image Source: Instagram/henrikfisker

The Fisker Pear concept (pictured below) is a glimpse of what’s to come. The production version of this car will likely be normal, but we can get an idea of the layout and theme from the teaser image.

The wraparound windscreen provides a commanding view of the road ahead, while the low-set beltline and windows open up an expansive view of the surroundings. The dashboard and center console seem to have lit surfaces with a minimalist design. The dash offers plenty of storage area, while the center console floats down towards the front in an unusual fashion. A large panoramic roof will double as a solar roof that extends the driving range.

Fisker Pear green teaser
The Pear, at least in the concept version, features a solar roof similar to that of the Fisker Ocean. Another similarity with the SUV is visible on the front seats, which feature a vertical strip running down the length. Image Source: Fisker

Fisker Houdini trunk

The Pear is likely to offer great practicality despite its small dimensions. Fisker says it will be the brand’s first model featuring the ‘Fisker Houdini’ trunk. The company didn’t go into detail about this feature, simply stating that it will be an alternative to conventional rear cargo hatches. It revealed this feature in an announcement on June 8, 2022, and it could share more information about the same closer to the unveiling of the concept. During the conversation with Autocar, Fisker (the Chairman & CEO) said that the Pear will have many industry-first unique features and several innovative storage solutions.

“Reinventing the car as we know it”

In an interview with Wallpaper, Fisker said that the Pear is about “reinventing the car as we know it.” Designed for urban mobility and young people, Fisker expects the new entry-level car to generate buzz and win hearts across the globe and become an iconic model like the VW Beetle and the MINI Cooper. The odds of releasing a truly iconic, worldwide classic is perhaps one in ten thousand, but Fisker is committed to designing a car that’ll be remembered for decades.

The Pear will be a revolutionary electric vehicle that won’t fit into any existing segment. The exterior design will feature new lighting technology and a wraparound front windscreen inspired by a glider plane glass canopy, enhancing frontal vision.

Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO, Fisker (on May 12, 2022)

Dimensions & Positioning

According to a previous Autocar report, Fisker has described the Pear as the type of urban car Apple would build for Los Angeles, London, and other megacities. Roughly 4,500 mm (177.2 in.) in length, as stated on fiskerinc.com/reserve, the Fisker Pear isn’t an urban car like the Fiat 500e or Renault Zoe. While a typical urban model is from the A-segment and isn’t longer than 3,700 mm (145.7 in.), the Pear will likely belong to the C-segment, making it suitable for a wide range of markets, including the U.S. and Canada, European countries, and China.

Range & Specifications

Platform

On March 30, 2021, Fisker talked about the Fisker Project Pear at the Bank of America 2021 Virtual Global Automotive Summit. “We already have defined the platform, the specs, the main concept layout for this vehicle,” the CEO said. Further, he indicated that the EV resulting from this project would be like no other car in the market today, ICE or electric.

The way you pay for that (urban) mobility is going to be different with this vehicle. Even the way you order options of this vehicle is going to be different. Even the way you load this vehicle is gonna be different. Everything about this vehicle will be different! Even the size of this vehicle – there is no vehicle on the planet that has the same width, length, and height.

Henrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO, Fisker (at Bank of America 2021 Virtual Global Automotive Summit)

SLV1, a new platform developed in-house, will underpin the Fisker Pear, the CEO revealed during the company’s Q2 2022 earnings conference call. Later, this platform will spawn two additional models. According to Autocar, SLV1 will be a cost-effective steel platform. Fisker will limit the number of components as much as possible in the Pear.

During Fisker’s Q1 2022 earnings conference call on May 4, 2022, the company’s CEO said that the new platform would be very cost-efficient. The three models built on it, the other two of which come out successively in 2025 and 2026, will give the company an annual sales volume of a million units in 2027.

It (the new platform) will be fairly low cost — I should say really low cost to manufacture, we are able to take a lot of parts complexity out of the platform, concentrate on spending money on high technology, and really interesting consumer features that’s never been seen before.

Henrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO, Fisker (Q1 2022 earnings conference call on May 4, 2022)

Hyper Range option

In an interview with Fiskerati in August 2022 (watch on YouTube), Fisker suggested that most customers of the Pear may not need a long range. These people may already have a larger, long-range vehicle like the Ocean, and could buy the Pear for city driving. However, the company will offer an optional long-range or Hyper Range battery pack in the Pear, Fisker confirmed. He also said that “super-fast-charging” will be available in the urban electric car.

Fisker is targeting a range of over 310 miles for the long-range variant. The company is yet to finalize its battery supplier, Fisker said during the company’s Q2 2022 earnings conference call. The company hasn’t ruled out having more than one supplier to secure its business from unanticipated risks. The company wants to source locally manufactured batteries and is considering a joint venture for the same, Fisker indicated during the call.

Features

We already know from the Design section that the Fisker Pear will feature new lighting technology and a wraparound front windscreen inspired by a glider plane glass canopy. In the interview with Fiskerati in August 2022, Fisker revealed that the wraparound front windscreen is a manufacturing challenge, and the company is slightly changing its curvature as a solution.

Before this, Fisker had revealed (during the Q1 2022 earnings conference call) that the Pear will boast the company’s next-gen connectivity, ADAS functionality, and OTA platform capabilities. A “discontented” and “lower cost” version is under consideration for emerging markets.

This vehicle is so different in how it looks, how it’s going to function, some of the features, some of the way you store things in this vehicle has never been seen before. And that’s not something we want to give away to the competition anytime soon quite frankly.

Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO, Fisker (Q4 2021 and CY 2021 earnings call on February 16, 2022)

Release Date

Fisker Pear deliveries in the U.S. will begin in 2024. Pear reservations have exceeded just about 5,000 units, Fisker (the CEO) revealed during the company’s Q3 2022 earnings conference call on November 2, 2022. It expects prototype testing to start at the end of the 2022 and conduct the world premiere in the second half of 2023.

In 2021, Fisker suggested that the company would unveil the production version close to the launch in 2024, not years in advance.

The design sketch hints at the direction we are taking. However, with the level of innovation planned for this vehicle, I intend to keep the final design a surprise until the last possible moment!

Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO, Fisker

Price & Production

Fisker plans to launch the Pear at a competitive starting price of USD 29,900 (excl. taxes and incentives). To achieve the low targeted prices and bring the product to the market on time, Fisker is outsourcing the production to Foxconn, which will make the car in Ohio, USA. Foxconn is a Taiwanese contract manufacturer that manufactures Apple products.

Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd.) will build the Fisker Pear at the Lordstown factory it acquired in Ohio starting in 2024. Fisker and its contract manufacturer expect to produce no less than 250,000 units of the second Fisker model a year after a ramp-up period.

Fisker wants no less than 250,000 units of the Pear manufactured a year right from the initial stage. This is a really important point, as the company could be aiming for an even higher annual production capacity later in its pursuit to democratize EVs if consumers show interest in Fisker. The company is also considering production in Europe, China, and India.

On February 24, 2021, Fisker announced that it had signed an MOU with Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) and revealed the proposed collaboration highlights. As per the arrangement, Fisker and Foxconn would co-develop “a breakthrough new segment vehicle” with potential globally, including North America, Europe, China, and India. The MoU also stated that Foxconn would manufacture more than 250,000 units (projected volume) of this model annually, with the SOP scheduled in Q4 2023.

Foxconn is confident about the speedy development and rollout of this EV, estimating completion in half the time traditionally required to launch a new model.

The collaboration between our firms means that it will only take 24 months to produce the next Fisker vehicle – from research and development to production.

Young-way Liu, Chairman, Foxconn Technology Group

Fisker said that its tie-up with Foxconn for Project Pear “unlocks sub-$30k price point for a “no-compromises” EV.

Development updates

Fisker is allocating further resources to the Pear as the Ocean project is nearing completion, Fisker said during the company’s Q3 2022 earnings conference call. Engineering for the second model is continuing to ramp, he added.

Fisker has finalized the production concept for the Pear and is in the first prototype phase of the EE architecture. Also, the interior has been approved for execution. New vehicles, especially EVs, which are highly digital and use sophisticated electronics, are seeing unusual price hikes because of increasing costs. However, Fisker still expects the Pear to cost less than USD 30,000 in the base configuration.

TopElectricSUV says

While Tesla’s budget electric car project has been put on hold, Fisker has set out to create a clean mobility revolution with the Pear. With a funky shape, a space-focused interior, rapid charging, and a range of 310+ miles, the Pear, at least on paper, is a promising urban EV. The vehicle can also put Fisker on the map with its de-contented version and anticipated global sales.

Fisker Pear FAQs

What is the Fisker Pear release date?

Manufactured in Ohio, the Fisker Pear will go on sale in 2024 in the United States.

What will be the Fisker Pear price?

Fisker is targeting a $29,900 base price for the Pear. It has confirmed two range options.

Which are the main Fisker Pear rivals?

The ‘Tesla Model 2‘ and the upcoming Chevrolet sub-Equinox EV would be the main contenders.

Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the Fisker Pear.