Update: ‘Home charger’ sub-section added to ‘Specifications.’
California-based Fisker is looking to create an impact in the American EV market with the Fisker Ocean, a battery electric vehicle with a solar panel integrated into its roof. It’s not the first time we are seeing solar panels on an EV. We’ve seen the Lightyear One already. The Fisker Ocean manifests futuristic technologies differently and sports multiple industry-first features to distinguish it from mainstream EVs. Here’s everything we know about the Fisker Ocean in September 2022:
Fisker Ocean Design
Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker himself designed the Ocean. Instead of resorting to an aerodynamic design in the interest of range, he adopted a somewhat quirky design. The Ocean’s stance is upright, but sleek elements are all around. A full-width LED light bar unites the horizontal LED headlamps with illuminated Ocean lettering at the center. The Fisker logo is illuminated as well. The chin comprises a grille with honeycomb inserts.
The side profile is uncluttered. 20-inch aero wheels produced using recycled materials are standard, while higher variants come with 22-inch rims. The Fisker Ocean gets flush-fitting door handles, side body cladding, and a blacked-out window area. There’s a rear quarter glass, and there are ultra-sleek tail lamps. There’s also a subtle roof-integrated spoiler with a stop lamp. The rear bumper looks complex with its multi-layered design and has a massive diffuser.
Customers can choose from seven color options: Night Drive, Great White, Silver Lining, Horizon Gray, Mariana, and Blue Planet. The Big Sur Blue metallic matte paint is offered exclusively on the Fisker Ocean One launch edition.
Interior & Features
The interior is packed to the brim with exciting details. For starters, the Fisker Ocean has what the company calls a ‘vegan’ interior with ethically sourced sustainable materials. The eco-friendly cabin houses premium upholstery, carpets, and interior trims built using recycled plastic bottles, repurposed rubber waste, worn-out t-shirts, and abandoned fishing nets, on all variants.
Revolve rotating touchscreen
For Fisker, size clearly matters. The central touchscreen is among the largest we’ve seen on production vehicles. It appears like a TV screen attached to the Ocean’s dashboard. It’s a rotating panel with two modes — the portrait ‘Control’ Mode and the landscape ‘Hollywood’ Mode for owners to stream movies. Fisker has applied for a patent for its Revolve screen, but it is not granted yet. The rotating function is only on the Extreme and the launch edition One variants.
To enable a theater-like cabin experience, the Extreme and One variants get a premium 500 W surround sound system. According to the press release, the system includes a subwoofer and one of the largest six-channel dashboard speaker arrays. There’s also a Limo Mode on the top two variants that brings a digital touchscreen for the rear passengers to control cabin temperature, fan speed, and infotainment.
Doggie Power Windows
An incredibly unique feature called the California Mode provides passengers with a convertible-like experience. On the Ultra, Extreme, and One variants, all the glass areas including the rear quarter glass and the rear windscreen, can be rolled down at the touch of a button to let the breeze inside. Fisker calls the rear quarter glass and the rear windscreen ‘Doggie Windows’, implying that pets can enjoy the drive from the rear. The California Mode also rolls back the SolarSky roof.
Fisker Intelligent Pilot
The Ocean will feature Fisker Intelligent (FI) Pilot, the company’s ADAS system for enhanced safety and driving comfort. FI Pilot uses a combination of four sensors: a world-first “Digital Radar System” that consists of front and rear radars, a set of cameras (an 8 MP front camera and four surround-view cameras), ultrasonic sensors, and a driver monitoring camera.
Like Tesla, Fisker isn’t using LiDAR sensors. While Tesla thinks that its camera-based system is better, Fisker was simply looking for a more affordable solution. In an interview with Fierce Electronics in January 2022, Fisker said that Digital Radar System lowers the cost, and that ensuring that the Ocean was accessible to everyone was really important.
Five HD radars on all corners and front of the vehicle provide the Ocean a 360-degree coverage. Fisker says that Digital Radar System is better at providing driver safety than analog radar. With more resolution and greater detail, this system can distinguish pedestrians and small objects from objects beside them better. It can sense smaller objects with greater precision, which means small and low-lying objects on the road have a lesser chance of being left undetected.
Digital Radar can make out between objects of different sizes at different speeds. For example, where an analog radar might read two trucks as a solid object and miss the open lane between them, Digital Radar can also see a vehicle driving in the middle lane. It performs better in dark places like tunnels, too.
Fisker says Digital Radar can detect vehicles as far as 200 meters (656 feet) and pedestrians from 80 meters (262 feet) away. Fisker Intelligent Pilot provides Automatic Emergency Braking for Forward Cross Traffic Vehicle Collision Mitigation, Reverse Cross Traffic Vehicle Collision Mitigation, and Turn-across-path Vehicle Collision Mitigation.
Our asset-light, the rapid-product-development business model enables us to bring active safety systems to market earlier than our competition. Fisker Intelligent Pilot and Fisker Digital-Imaging combine reliable ADAS cameras with 4D digital radars, giving owners industry-leading safety.Henrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO of Fisker Inc.
The digital imaging radar is present on the Extreme and One variants only. However, even the base Sport variant gets a suite of ADAS features like driver drowsiness and attention warning, automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane keep assist, speed assist, lane departure avoidance, and traffic signs recognition. The higher variants get a 360-degree surround view with 3D imaging, door opening warning, park spot finder, automatic parking, evasive steering assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Fisker Ocean 7-seater planned for a later date
Fisker told Bjorn Nyland at the Mobile World Congress (February 28-March 3, 2022) that a seven-seater version would follow later. However, given the dimensions of the Ocean, the added third row of seats wouldn’t be suitable for adults, but would have enough room for children, he explained. A 7-seater option would undoubtedly make the Ocean more appealing for larger families.
Earlier, there were reports of Fisker using Volkswagen’s MEB platform for the Ocean SUV. After the brand partnered with Magna, it was confirmed to be built on an aluminum skateboard architecture christened FM29, which stands for Fisker-Magna and 29 for the 2921 mm wheelbase. Speaking of dimensions, the EV is 188 inches long, 78.5 inches wide, and 64.2 inches tall.
The entry-level Sport variant gets a single-motor FWD drivetrain, while the rest get a dual-motor-AWD layout. In the interest of range, the drive is deployed to the rear only if the traction control system detects a loss of grip. All variants except the Sport also get torque vectoring. According to the brand, the Sport uses a lithium-ion-phosphate battery developed by CATL, which provides the Ocean with 250 miles of range (EPA).
The rest of the range, all AWD models, use a different battery pack that CATL also supplies. The Ultra, Extreme, and One variants get what Fisker calls the Hyper Range battery that comprises a nickel-manganese-cobalt cell chemistry. As a result, the One and the Extreme have a 350-mile range while the Ultra gets 340 miles range (EPA). According to Fisker, different battery packs were chosen to prioritize range for Sport customers and a combination of range and performance to customers buying higher variants.
On September 26, 2022, Fisker (the Chairman and CEO) shared a small clip of him test-driving the Ocean in Austria on Instagram and said that it offers “effortless handling.” He was on a visit to the model’s production facility, which we have detailed in the next section of the story.
|Fisker Ocean aspect||Sport||Ultra||Extreme||One|
|Length (in. / mm)||188 / 4775||188 / 4775||188 / 4775||188 / 4775|
|Width (in. / mm)||78.5 / 1994.5||78.5 / 1994.5||78.5 / 1994.5||78.5 / 1994.5|
|Height (in. / mm)||64.2 / 1631||64.1 / 1629||64.1 / 1629||64.1 / 1629|
|Wheelbase (in. / mm)||115 / 2921||115 / 2921||115 / 2921||115 / 2921|
|Range (EPA estimate in miles)||250||340||350+||350+|
|Range (WLTP estimate in km)||440+||610+||630+||630+|
|0-60 mph (seconds)||6.9||3.9||3.6||3.6|
|Drivetrain||Single motor FWD||Dual motor AWD||Dual motor AWD||Dual motor AWD|
The full-length solar roof is standard on the Extreme and One variants. The technology integrates photovoltaic solar panels onto the panoramic glass roof with fixed and sliding sections. Under mixed conditions, the solar roof can generate up to 1,500 miles (2,414 km) range every year. Under ideal conditions, the range may increase to more than 2,000 miles (3,218 km) annually.
Fisker posted a video on Twitter on March 4, 2022, showcasing the solar roof from the cabin of the Fisker Ocean. It appears that the solar cells are placed in square-shaped grids with enough space between them to allow light inside, which is quite an intelligent design. The company chief says that this is the largest solar roof on an electric car, a claim that cannot be verified until we have the exact dimensions of the top.
Remember that the Lightyear One and Aptera also have solar roofs. The Lightyear One has solar panels on the roof and the bonnet, while the Aptera has solar panels at the front, on the roof, and at the rear. So the Fisker might have the most extensive solar roof, but it’s unlikely that it will have the largest solar panel in size.
The tires feature Bridgestone’s ‘Enliten’ EV-specific technology that reduces rolling resistance by up to 30% and reduces weight by up to 20%. The Lightyear One also features tires with the same technology.
Fisker will offer the Wallbox Pulsar Plus wall charger as the home charging solution for the Ocean in the U.S. and Canada. Wallbox’s Pulsar Plus charger is smaller than a toaster and weighs just 1 kg or 2.2 lbs. (without cable). It allows charging at up to 22 kW and comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and DC leakage protection. Customers using this charger can schedule charging sessions during off-peak hours to save money and control it using the company’s myWallbox app on their smart devices.
Fisker has deals with multiple partner companies. Magna is a manufacturing partner and co-developer for the Ocean, with an agreement that was finalized in December 2020. The Fisker Ocean will be manufactured, starting on November 17, 2022, at Magna’s carbon-neutral facility in Graz, Austria.
On September 13, 2022, Fisker shared a picture of the first Ocean built on the factory’s high-volume assembly line (view on Instagram). He said that Magna will start rolling out some units for marketing purposes before it begins production of the customer delivery units in November 2022.
In an interview with Fiskerati in August 2022 (watch on YouTube), Fisker said that Magna has built close to 60 prototypes. Newer prototypes have a lot of refinements, including improved suspension settings and an upgraded user interface. Fisker expects them to be very close to the final production version.
During Fisker’s Q1 2022 earnings conference call on May 4, 2022, Burkhard Huhnke, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, said that prototype testing is over in Sweden. In March, the company completed tuning chassis systems such as ESC, suspension, and brakes.
Fisker has also tested the powertrain in extreme cold and low friction environments. It tuned the chassis, brakes, and ride characteristics in partnership with Bridgestone. However, the chassis team is still working on refinements for the vehicle dynamics and ride characteristics using both early and advanced prototypes. Durability testing in high-speed, high load conditions of the suspension components ended in April. Winter testing in Sweden and durability testing in high-speed/high-load conditions is complete, and IIHS crash testing is underway now.
Fisker has opened its European office in Munich, and brand experience centers are being built in Los Angeles in the United States and Germany and other parts of Europe as of February 2022.
Production ramp-up & localization
With an increase in reservations for the Fisker Ocean, the brand is hoping that manufacturing partner Magna would increase output to 150,000 units in 2024, as reported by Automotive News on April 26, 2022. Magna, which holds a 6% stake in Fisker, has agreed to make 50,000 units of the Ocean annually. However, scaling up output at such an extreme rate would require the global supply chain bottlenecks to ease out and sustained interest in the product from consumers.
During the Q1 2022 earnings conference call, Fisker said that Magna is fully on board with the plan to triple production in 2024, but it can wait for up to 12 months before making the call. It would need to inform CATL also in about 12 months about its requirement. The company will take a call around the new year if it records 75,000-80,000 orders by December 2022.
On August 18, 2022, Fisker announced that it is considering a second factory manufacturing the Ocean in the U.S. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has made imported electrified vehicles like the Ocean ineligible for the USD 7,500 federal tax credit (now renamed to Clean Vehicle Credit). This will compel all automakers in the mainstream EV segments to make locally, be it themselves or through a contract manufacturer.
In the interview with Fiskerati in August 2022, Fisker talked about U.S. production. He revealed that the company is conducting some studies and has hired a Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. He said that the company is also considering outsourcing domestic production and looking at battery manufacturing partners in the U.S.
Release Date & Sales
The Fisker Ocean debuted in Europe at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which ran between February 28 and March 3. Deliveries are expected to start soon after the Ocean enters production on November 17, 2022.
Reservations & pre-orders
In the interview with Fiskerati in August 2022, Fisker said that the company is receiving over 100 reservations every day, and that demand is increasing specifically in Europe. On August 18, 2022, Fisker had a total of 58,000 reservations. This number included cancellations and the 5,000 pre-orders for the Ocean One (launch edition), secured by USD 5,000 down payments. Fisker plans to deliver all the Ocean One units by September 2023.
In early September 2022, Fisker started converting pre-orders into confirmed bookings. Multiple customers who pre-ordered the Ocean said on Ocean Forums that they have been automatically updated into orders and that aren’t required to perform any further actions for the moment.
Fisker plans to build 5,000 units of the Ocean One. It expects to sell out capacity through most of 2023 because of a high-interest level in the Ocean One and Ocean Extreme.
Fisker will start manufacturing the Ocean Extreme after completing 5,000 Ocean One units. It will utilize any additional capacity to roll out Ocean Ultra and Ocean Sport units. However, seeing the high demand for the premium models, it doesn’t expect to begin Ocean Sport production until late 2023. Even in the best case, it expects to make the base model in modest volumes by late 2023 and ramp up in 2024. Fisker expects most of 2023’s production to be focused on premium trims, including the Ocean One launch edition and the Ocean Extreme, CFO and COO Geeta Gupta-Fisker said during the Q1 2022 earnings conference call.
Fisker told Autogefuhl that Scandinavia is one of the biggest markets for the Ocean. Given the cold weather in Scandinavian countries, the brand has introduced a complete winter package with features like a heated windshield and more. Fisker has confirmed six ‘hot’ features in the winter package, which will be revealed closer to the launch date.
Fisker also believes that the brand can sell more than 60,000 units in the U.S. alone, reiterating how important the American market is for the brand. The brand boss said in total, Fisker could sell up to 150,000 units of the Ocean globally in a year.
Fisker Ocean Price
In the U.S., the Fisker Ocean Sport starts at USD 37,499, excluding the federal tax credit. If the Ocean qualifies for the tax credit, it will begin at USD 29,999. The Ultra variant is priced at USD 49,999, while the Extreme variant costs USD 68,999. The Ocean One launch edition costs the same as the Extreme. Fisker says that it does not plan a price hike in 2022 or 2023 but cannot guarantee that for the orders received after the 40,000 reservation number or vehicles made starting in 2024.
Based on the first 30,000 reservations, 19% ordered the Sport, 38% took the Ultra, and 43% preferred the Extreme or the One. This implies an initial average selling price (ASP) of approximately USD 56,000, excluding options and delivery fees.
|Fisker Ocean variants||Fisker Ocean price (excluding federal grant)|
|One (launch edition)||USD 68,999|
Fisker will offer loan purchase options for the Ocean in the U.S. from Q4 2022. The company has partnered with Chase to offer convenient finance options for the vehicle, factory-installed accessories, and other accessories (including home charging equipment) in the home market. Customers can process the loan digitally by selecting their suitable finance structure, reviewing their financing details, and electronically signing documents online.
The Fisker Ocean will reach buyers with a basic warranty of 6 years/60,000 miles. On top of this, Fisker will offer a warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles for both the powertrain and battery pack. The company assures the battery pack of the Ocean will retain 75% of its original capacity during the warranty period.
Tesla and Rivian offer an 8-year/100,000-150,000-mile 8-year/175,000-mile warranty for the battery pack. However, the rival automakers assure only 70% of the original battery pack capacity during the warranty period. On the other hand, Toyota is targeting a range degradation of just 10% in 10 years (for the bZ4X).
5 things that set the Ocean apart, according to Henrik Fisker
Fisker told Bjorn Nyland at the Mobile World Congress that the Ocean needed at least 4 to 5 features that no other carmaker offers. The first unique feature is the Ocean’s range, which according to the CEO, is the longest in its price class for any SUV or crossover. The Ocean offers a 630 km (WLTP) range on the Extreme and the Launch Edition variants. Other unique features include the solar roof, the rotating screen, torque vectoring, bidirectional charging, and the vegan interior.
Fisker also signed a deal with Foxconn to develop its next model in the U.S. and plans to erect multiple factories around the globe to enhance production to 250,000 EVs annually. In Fisker’s deal with Foxconn, the companies will work on the new model called the Fisker PEAR (Personal Electric Automotive Revolution) for the mass-market segment.
With its innovative features, a fine mix of futuristic design and classic SUV attributes, and an anxiety-free range, the Ocean seems to have what it takes to build a strong foundation for the brand. As the electric SUV race rapidly takes shape, the Ocean stands out as the wild card. It will be crucial for Fisker to get the quality spot on and ramp up production swiftly. With launches from all directions every few months, American customers are being treated to a constantly evolving selection of electric models.
Featured image source: Fisker