The 2023 Fisker Ocean is almost ready for production, with 95 prototypes built so far by assembly partner Magna Steyr in Austria.
Fisker is aiming to begin building the Ocean SUV on November 17.
The top trim will cost nearly $70,000 and travel 350 miles on a charge, according to Fisker, while the base model will start under $40,000 and have a 250 mile range.
Tesla has spawned a surge of electric startups with flashy designs, bold performance claims, and ambitious production dates. Most of these EVs never move beyond renderings, but Fisker appears poised to take the plunge into full-scale production. A revival of the brand that built the range-extender Karma sedan in the early 2010s, Fisker announced late last week that its Ocean SUV remains on track for production in November and that the company has already cranked out 95 prototypes of its electric crossover.
The 2023 Ocean was fully revealed at the 2021 Los Angeles auto show, when Fisker pledged production would start by November of 2022. The Ocean will be assembled by Magna Steyr in Austria, where the 95 prototypes were already built. Outsourcing production could help Fisker avoid the “production hell” that companies such as Tesla and Rivian have experienced at their own proprietary manufacturing facilities. Fisker says the prototype Oceans are being utilized for testing, training for service employees, and to display the vehicle in the nine markets the automaker will launch in.
Four versions of the electric crossover will be available: Extreme, Ultra, and Sport trim levels accompany the limited-edition Ocean One launch model. The One, Extreme, and Ultra all feature a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup, with the One and Extreme capable of 350 miles of range and a claimed 60-mph sprint of 3.6 seconds. The Ultra still can run a respectable 340 miles on a charge and hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the single-motor, front-wheel-drive Sport’s battery can last 250 miles, and its 60-mph sprint should be closer to seven seconds. These numbers are still all unverified claims by Fisker, with the Ocean yet to receive an official rating from the EPA.
Fisker says the Ocean Extreme will start at $68,999 before destination fees, while the base Sport model will cost just $37,499, and Fisker is aiming to begin production on November 17.
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