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2022 Fisker Ocean Review

BODY TYPE: Luxury / SUV
The struggles of American-Danish car designer Henrik Fisker are on the verge of entering a new stage in 2020. The man who came up with the Fisker Karma and then lost it before having the chance of fighting Elon Musk on an equal footing is back on his feet, and this time he seems determined to make his new business a success.
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The company the man now runs, called Fisker Inc, describes itself as the maker of the “world's most emotion-stirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles,” despite not having a single one on the road so far.

That will change from late in 2021, when Fisker will be launching the Ocean, an electric SUV that should be a ticket back into the dynamic automotive industry. 

Built on a “complete, fully-engineered platform,” the Ocean was detailed during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and at first glance it does seem a car worthy at least of a closer look.

1Exterior design & features

Visually, the Fisker Ocean is not the revolutionary design the Karma has been when it was introduced. And it doesn’t need to be, as it appeals to an entirely new and vehicle-hungry segment.

The Ocean is an SUV that follows the traditional design recipe because this is what people like. The official dimensions were not revealed, but the car seems to be of a crossover-ish type, devoid of unnecessary adornments. It’s a bit like the Tesla Model Y in this respect, but with the simplicity woven on a more sculptured body.

Unlike the Y though, the Ocean features a full-length panoramic roof fitted with solar panels. The roof is the perfect way to blend functionality with pleasure, as the roof is capable of generating not only exciting views, but also enough electricity to add around 1,000 miles per year to the car’s capabilities.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

Whereas on the exterior Fisker did its best to keep close to the design language of existing SUVs, it is on the interior that the carmaker went out of its way to make sure people understand this is an eco-car.

The planet-saving efforts of the electric drivetrain are complemented by a choice of materials for the interior that have “recycled” written all over them.

The carpeting, for instance, is made from nylon recycled from abandoned fishing net waste. The seat and door upholstery is made in eco-suede, while elsewhere in the car one with a keen eye for recycling can recognize recycled plastic and polyester.

3Gadgets

Aside for the usual techy conveniences that will go into the Ocean (touchscreens, sound system, app and so on), Fisker is relying on one major novelty to draw quite the number of customers its way.

This novelty is called California Mode and it is a way of turning the SUV into a convertible of sorts.

With the push of a single button, a total of nine windows can be rolled down simultaneously: six on the sides, two on the roof (if you count them as two, that is), and, through some clever engineering, the rear one. 

With the front windscreen the only piece of glass visible in this configuration, the Ocean opens to the world, and if it weren’t for the pillars on the sides and on top, this SUV could just as well have been a convertible.

4Performance

The electric powertrain of the Ocean is still largely kept under wraps, and that means for now we don’t know the exact power figures the electric motors on the car will develop. Whatever the power levels, they should be enough to allow the Ocean to reach 62 mph in under three seconds.

At the core of the electric car will sit a 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack whose recharge time was not disclosed. The battery should keep the motors spinning for between 250 and 300 miles (400 – 482 km). 

The Ocean will be offered in either two- or four-wheel-drive configuration.

5Safety

Whereas the usual safety concerns are covered by the required technologies such as airbags, the fact that all of the car’s windows can be rolled down at the same time posed new challenges for Fisker. 

The company says that because the car’s pillars remain in place while the Ocean is in California Mode, they create a safety structure around the passengers that is not unlike a roll cage you would normally find in a race car.

6Conclusion

The Fisker Ocean is not supposed to be launched until the end of 2021, which in effect makes it a 2022 model year. But that doesn’t mean though the carmaker can’t sell it right now.

Fisker opened the order books for the car in late 2019, and asks only $250 for a reservation. When the first cars are produced, reservation holders will have to pay starting at $37,499 to get the car, not including the tax credit. 

Fisker plans to manufacture the Ocean at production sites in the U.S., Europe and China, and targets sales of 1 million units by 2027. The platform used for the Ocean will be used to underpin other Fisker models in the not so distant future.