Fisker is contacting Ocean reservation holders to request a second, $5,000 non-refundable payment in order to secure a place in the queue for the brand’s first Launch Edition One models. According to Fisker, the sum will effectively be a downpayment on one of the 5,000 launch models. To date, more than 40,000 potential buyers have joined the reservation list for what is one of the most keenly-anticipated electric car launches. However, deposit holders have yet to drive the car or receive final design and technical specifications.
According to US electric car channel electrek.co, the email to reservation holders explains that only 5,000 Launch Edition Fisker Ocean One models will be made and that select groups of reservation holders are being invited to secure one of the cars by making a $5,000 non-refundable pre-order deposit. Electrifying.com has contacted the brand’s UK representatives regarding the situation with UK deposit holders, but has yet to receive a response.
The email to reservation holders goes on to confirm that while production is set to start in Austria in November, customers may have to wait until September 2023 to take delivery. Fisker has previously stated that the £59,900 Launch Edition One model will be the first to come off the production line, which indicates that series model cars including the £59,900 Ocean Extreme, £48,900 Ultra and the entry level £34,990 Sport model, will arrive in the UK mid to late next year.
Explaining the move, Fisker has clarified that: “The $5,000, which is just a down payment, is for customers/fans that specifically want to lock down the launch edition vehicle. It does not apply to Fisker reservation holders overall—for any other model."
Despite rising supply and energy costs, boss Henrik Fisker has repeatedly promised to stick to the prices originally announced. Commenting in Twitter in March, he said: "We are a digital mobility company with a vehicle OTA [over the air] lifetime business model. We do NOT need to increase our prices at launch or right after.”