Update: ‘Production ramp-up & localization’ sub-section of ‘Production’ and ‘Release Date’ section updated.
California-based Fisker is looking to create a big 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.
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.
On December 13, 2022, Fisker shared a picture of the Ocean’s interior on Instagram while he was having a look at its various interior color and material combinations. The dark, grayish theme of this Ocean suggests it features the Black Abyss Plus interior color and Black FeelTek seats. This interior configuration includes Black EcoFabric on the dashboard, doors, and center console, and dark metallic accents.
Revolve rotating touchscreen
For Fisker, size clearly matters. The 17.1-inch 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 tilt the touchscreen from portrait to landscape and vice-versa, the driver has to press and hold a large and easy-to-locate button situated right below it. The infotainment system has a simple, focused, and intuitive UI.
Fisker Pulse Sound system
The Ocean features the 575-watt Fisker Pulse Audio System with Panasonic’s ELS Studio 3D technology. It gets 15 speakers, a 6-channel dashboard speaker array, and a 19L subwoofer. The Ocean Ultra features a 12-speaker Harman audio system, while the Ocean Sport settles for an 8-speaker Harman audio system with a 3-band equalizer.
The Ocean Extreme and Ocean One offer a theater-like cabin experience with the Fisker Pulse Audio System. There’s also a Limo Mode on the top two variants which brings a digital touchscreen for the rear passengers to control cabin temperature, fan speed, and infotainment.
While we’re on the subject of sound, it’s also worth noting that the Ocean generates an artificial sound through speakers at low speeds to alert nearby pedestrians, drivers, and riders. It’s a sci-fi-inspired sound that makes the Ocean feel futuristic. Fisker has shared a video on Instagram to give a demo of this artificial sound feature, which is slowly turning mandatory as part of basic safety.
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 features 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 has equipped the Ocean with a fold-out tray table for the driver. Called ‘Taco Tray,’ it can be stowed in the compartment under the center console armrest. On October 19, 2022, Fisker demonstrated this feature in a post on LinkedIn.
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.
Like most new-age EVs, the Ocean supports over-the-air updates to improve the existing features and gain new features even after customers have taken delivery. According to a report Automotive News published on November 9, 2022, the company plans to add Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Automatic High Beam in early 2023 and expects to add Lane Centering and Traffic Jam Assist by late 2023.
The features we’ve mentioned above are basic, and most customers would expect them to be available right from launch. However, Henrik Fisker has suggested that the company may need to postpone sales commencement if it wants to offer every promised and expected feature right from day one. The priority is to begin deliveries on time, so it has decided to release less-critical features with future OTA updates. Cruise control won’t be available initially either, and the company may take three, six, or even nine months to enable it, the brand boss has indicated.
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.
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.
The most performance-focused powertrain of the Ocean, available in the Extreme and One grades, produces 468 hp and 696.4 Nm (514 lb.-ft.) of torque. A Boost mode allows the driver to temporarily increase the power and torque to 564 hp and 736.8 Nm (543 lb.-ft.), respectively. Despite the abundant power and torque, the top speed is just 205 km/h (127 mph), but we think it’s electronically limited. Recently, Fisker shared a video (on Instagram) showing him driving the Ocean above the top speed – 208 km/h (129 mph).
The Sport grade uses a lithium-ion-phosphate battery developed by CATL, which provides the Ocean with 250 miles of range (targeted EPA). The rest of the grades, all of which have an AWD drivetrain layout, use a different battery pack supplied by CATL.
The Ultra, Extreme, and One variants get what Fisker calls the Hyper Range battery that comprises a nickel-manganese-cobalt cell chemistry. Fisker has confirmed that the energy storage capacity of this battery in the Extreme and One variants is 113 kWh, and we expect the same capacity in the Ultra variant.
The Ocean delivers an EPA-est. range of 360 miles in its Extreme and One grades, 10 miles more than the internal estimate. This makes it America’s longest-range electric SUV under USD 200,000 on sale today. Do note that this figure applies to the configurations with the standard 20-inch wheels and tires. In the Ultra variant, the targeted EPA-est. range is 340 miles.
EPA has listed the Ocean One on its website, offering more details about its energy consumption. The Ocean One consumes 37 kWh per 100 miles, up to 24% less efficient than the Tesla Model Y (as low as 28 kWh/100 mi). However, thanks to its higher energy storage capacity, it allows customers to travel a longer distance. It’s safe to assume that the Ocean Extreme has the same energy consumption rating as the Ocean One.
|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|
|Drivetrain||Single motor FWD||Dual motor AWD||Dual motor AWD||Dual motor AWD|
|Output (hp)||275||540||468 hp or 564 hp with Boost||468 hp or 564 hp with Boost|
|Torque||TBA||TBA||696.4 Nm or 736.8 Nm with Boost (514 lb.-ft. or 543 lb.-ft. with Boost)||696.4 Nm or 736.8 Nm with Boost (514 lb.-ft. or 543 lb.-ft. with Boost)|
|0-60 mph (seconds)||6.9||3.9||3.6||3.6|
|Top Speed||TBA||TBA||205 km/h (127 mph)||205 km/h (127 mph)|
|Battery Pack Capacity||TBA||TBA||113 kWh||113 kWh|
|Targeted EPA Range (miles)||250||340||350||350|
|Official EPA Range Range (miles)||TBA||TBA||360||360|
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 has 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 offers 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 entered production at Magna’s carbon-neutral facility in Graz, Austria, on November 17, 2022. Reservation holders see their final build lock-in dates as a calendar quarter estimate (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4). They get the exact dates closer to the scheduled production day.
Production ramp-up & localization
Fisker planned to produce 32,000-36,000 units of the Ocean in 2023, but we knew that achieving the targeted output could be difficult. The company expected to build over 1,400-1,700 units in Q2 2023, but it ended up making only 1,022 units. On September 26, 2023, it announced that cumulative production had reached 5,000 units. That means production of the Ocean One has ended, as it was limited to 5,000 units.
Announcing its Q2 2023 results on August 4, 2023, Fisker said it has reduced the estimated annual production volume for 2023 to 20,000-23,000 units. On September 7, 2023, Fisker announced that production is estimated to increase from 180 vehicles per day to 300 units per day in Q4 2023.
Fisker U.S. production
On August 18, 2022, Fisker announced that it is considering a factory manufacturing the Ocean in the U.S. On October 17, 2022, the CEO told Bloomberg in an interview at the 2022 Paris Motor Show that U.S. production of the Ocean could start as early as 2024. As Fisker is unlikely to build a new factory so soon, it may rely on a contract manufacturer, like Magna Steyr or Foxconn.
Kurt Bachmaier, Vice President, Magna Steyr, has told Automobilwoche that the company wants to establish a production facility in the U.S. and is searching for a location for the same, the German publication reported on September 4, 2022. As for Foxconn, the Taiwanese company has an operational 6.2 million-square-foot vehicle manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio, and it has already received a contract from Fisker to make an EV there from 2024 – the Pear.
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 (watch on YouTube), 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.
Fisker has started sales of the Ocean in both domestic and overseas markets. In the announcement on September 26, 2023, the company revealed that it has delivered over 900 units to customers so far and that it expected to deliver several hundred more that week. It wants to increase deliveries to 300 vehicles/day later in 2023.
Fisker executes customer deliveries at its own “Center+” delivery locations, pop-up delivery sites, and also at home. The company has five experience centers in the U.S., located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Miami.
During Fisker’s Q2 2023 earnings conference call, Fisker (the Chairman and CEO) said that the company will open additional locations in Arizona, Maryland, New York, and Tennessee. The company is negotiating several other properties in North America, and plans to open in these locations in 2023.
Fisker Ocean deliveries commenced in Europe on May 5, 2023, and then in the U.S. on June 23, 2023. Fisker delivered 22 vehicles in its home market on the first day. Fisker expects to complete delivering all 5,000 units of the Ocean One by the end of October 2023.
In an interview with Fiskerati, released on YouTube on April 14, 2023, Fisker said that the launch edition model is getting a new feature – a foldable cargo floor. Customers can fold it and hang three shopping bags, and also get access to the tray underneath.
Ocean Extreme, Ocean Ultra, and Ocean Sport
Having completed making the 5,000 units of the Ocean One, Magna will start manufacturing the Ocean Extreme soon, or maybe it already has. Fisker has begun accepting reservations for the Ocean Extreme and listed it online in the U.S. It may start taking confirmed orders in a few weeks.
Given the Ocean Ultra’s similarities to the Ocean One and Ocean Extreme, homologating it should be a streamlined process, Burkhard Huhnke, CTO, Fisker, said during the company’s Q2 2023 earnings conference call. The Ocean Sport has a different powertrain and other characteristics, though. Fisker expects to receive approval to sell both Ocean Ultra and Ocean Sport by the end of October 2023 and commence its deliveries by the end of 2023.
Fisker expects most of 2023’s production to be focused on premium trims, including the Ocean One and the Ocean Extreme, COO and CFO Geeta Gupta-Fisker said during the Q1 2022 earnings conference call.
Fisker Ocean Price
|Fisker Ocean variants||Fisker Ocean price (excluding federal grant)|
|One (launch edition)||USD 68,999|
In the U.S., the Fisker Ocean Sport starts at USD 37,499, excluding the federal tax credit. If and when 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 it does not plan a price hike in 2023 but cannot guarantee that for the orders received after the 40,000 reservation number or vehicles made starting in 2024. What’s certain is that the Ocean is not getting any cheaper.
According to a report Fiskerati published on January 22, 2023, Fisker (the Chairman and CEO) has ruled out lower pricing (in response to Tesla’s price cut) and said the company priced the Ocean extremely competitively from the beginning. Moreover, the Ocean has several features that aren’t available in any other model, he added, mentioning the solar roof, California mode, and the class-leading resolution of the touchscreen as examples.
While Fisker hasn’t slashed the prices of the Ocean, it has lowered the prices of the EV’s options and changed its standard features to make it more appealing, as per a report Fiskerati released on June 28, 2023. For example, the company has changed the prices of the electric SUV’s colors, as per the report.
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 has partnered with Chase to offer convenient finance options for the vehicle, factory-installed accessories, and other accessories (including home charging equipment) in the U.S. Customers can process the loan digitally by selecting their suitable finance structure, reviewing their financing details, and electronically signing documents online.
The Fisker Ocean comes with a basic warranty of 6 years/60,000 miles. On top of this, Fisker offers 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 Chairman & 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 is 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.
Fisker Ocean FAQs
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