Fisker Ocean Preview

Price: £32,490 - £60,000 (estimate)

Fisker’s first all-electric production car looks set to make waves when it arrives in 2023. Should it be on your wish list?

  • Battery size: 80 - 95kWh (est)
  • Range: 250 -390 miles
  • Fast DC charge speed: 250kW
  • Miles per kWh: 4.9 (est)
Published: 13/12/2021・Updated: 13/12/2021

Ginny Says

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9/10

“I really, really hope that the Ocean fulfils its promises when we finally get to sample it in 2023. The design looks fantastic and the proposed range and efficiency are up there with the best. It's great to have newcomers enter the market and I think that Fisker would really make a big impact. ”

Nicki Says

8/10

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“This looks like a fantastic package. It's a great size for UK buyers and I think the design will appeal to a lot of family buyers. If Fisker can bring the Ocean to the UK market at the competitive pricing it plans, it will be a winner”

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The name may be unfamiliar, but this car, the Fisker Ocean could create some serious waves in the electric car world when it lands in the UK next year. Created by Henrik Fisker, a former Aston Martin designer and boss of the company that bears his name. While Fisker has dabbled in the world of electrified cars before with the Fisker Karma, the Ocean is the company’s first fully-electric car to reach production.

The project has attracted huge interest during its development  (700 UK customers have already reserved one) and all the early signs suggest that the Ocean could well be one to watch next year. We caught up with company boss Henrik Fisker at the LA Auto Show to get the full low-down on his firm’s latest creation. 


What is the Fisker Ocean?

The Ocean is an all-electric SUV which is roughly the size of a ŠKODA Enyaq or Volkswagen ID.4. at 4,640 long, 1,930 wide and 1,615 high. It is built on an all-new lightweight platform developed by Fisker and will be available in front wheel drive and all-wheel drive forms when the full range is available. Given that boss Fisker has been personally responsible for the looks of the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9, it comes as no surprise that the Ocean wears a sharp look inside and out. While clearly recognisable as a family-sized SUV, a host of clever details, such as the illuminated OCEAN badge on the front grille, ultra-shallow lights and chunky three-spoke alloy wheels give the car a unique look. Sadly, the glowing badge at the front is unlikely to be a feature on UK cars thanks to European legislation that forbids it. Killjoys. 

Inside, Fisker promises warehouse-like levels of space, and if our quick check of the cabin at the LA Show is anything to go by, that claim isn’t far off the reality. As with all bespoke electric cars designed without the need to accommodate a large engine bay or transmission tunnel, the Ocean has a broad, flat floor that gives a feel of spaciousness. 

While the layout is relatively conventional, the Ocean has a few clever touches. These include a rotating ‘Revolve’ infotainment screen that can flip between landscape and portrait according to the driver’s needs. Portrait for driving, landscape for watching a movie while you’re recharging. 

The cabin features a host of recycled materials, including plastic bottles rescued from the sea, old fishing nets and even old t-shirts. Thankfully,  none resemble their original form. 

Another near feature is the Fisker SolarSky roof which is fitted to the Fisker Ocean Extreme and Fisker Ocean One models. According to Fisker, this has the potential to supply an additional 2,000 miles of range per year, under ideal conditions, and 1,500 under typical sunny skies in regions such as California. Expect that figure to be considerably lower in the UK…

Rear legroom is huge while the boot can hold up to 566 litres of luggage - which is very impressive. Disappointingly though, there’s no frunk, so you’ll need to store your grubby Type 2 cables in the boot. Boss Henrik Fisker told electrifying.com that the firm’s research showed that very few electric car owners actually use a frunk, so they saved the cost of development and testing for hinges and seals by not bothering with one. 

A Fisker Ocean seven-seater is, according boss Henrik Fisker, in the pipeline, but not imminent. While the floor is capable of accommodating a third row of chairs, a seven-seater is unlikely to be offered until 2024 at the earliest. 


Battery, range and charging

Fisker has yet to reveal the capacities of the two battery packs it will offer when the Ocean is launched next year, but electrifying.com expects the entry-level pack to be around 80kWh in size with the larger battery to be more than 90kWh.

​To reduce costs, Fisker will equip the front-wheel drive model with a pack that uses lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) cell chemistry supplied by CATL. According to Fisker, the entry level model will have a range of around 250 miles. LFP batteries are cheaper to produce and contain no cobalt, but have less energy density. That means the range of LFP batteries is usually less than a traditional Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) battery packs. Tesla has been using LFP batteries in its lower-spec Model 3 variants for more than a year, so the technology is tried and tested.

Buyers wanting more range will be able to opt for a larger NMC pack which Fisker claims will have a range of 340 miles. This will deliver power to the road via dual motors and all-wheel drive. It’s worth noting that all Fisker’s figures are estimated and are based on the American EPA testing standard. This is widely regarding as being a tougher test than the European WLTP one, so those figures could rise when the car comes here. Fisker claims that European spec cars should be able to hit 385 miles on a charge. 

Although the Ocean will have a 400 volt electrical system rather than 800 volt system as fitted to the Kia EV6, Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Porsche Taycan, Fisker claims that both battery options will be able to DC fast charge at speeds of up to 250kW. This would put it on a par with Tesla, which offers a similar speed from a 400 volt system. Should this be the case, the Ocean will be able to add around 100 miles range in under eight minutes and an 80% charge in under 30 minutes.

The Fisker Ocean Sport will have an expected 0-62 mph time of 7.1 seconds with an output of 275bhp. TheOcean Ultra will have an estimated 0-62 mph time of 4.1 seconds, with an estimated output of 540bhp. The range-topping Ocean Extreme and Fisker Ocean One will have an estimated 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds, an estimated output of 550bhp.

The Ocean Sport will have Earth and Fun drive modes, while the Fisker Ocean Ultra and Fisker Ocean Extreme will add Hyper mode. The Fisker Ocean Extreme and the Fisker Ocean One will also have an Off-Road mode. The Fisker Ocean Ultra, Fisker Ocean Extreme, and Fisker Ocean One trims will have a Smart Traction torque-vectoring system to enhance performance and safety.

How much will it cost? 

The Fisker Ocean will be built by Magna-Steyr at a carbon-neutral factory in Graz, Austria and will be priced from £32,490 on the road after the Government grant has been deducted. That would put the Ocean in direct price competition with other SUVs such as the smaller battery versions of the Volkswagen ID.4, ŠKODA Enyaq and the Hyundai IONIQ 5.

The higher capacity, all-wheel drive Ocean models will be priced from £48,800 in the UK, with the range-topping Extreme model set to be £60,000 on the road.  


When will it arrive? 

Fisker is on schedule to start production of the Ocean next year at the Magna-Steyr factory in Austria. The plant is one of the biggest independent car factories in the world and carbon neutral than its American and mainland European buyers. Fisker told electrifying.com that right hand drive is scheduled for early 2023, which means the first customers would take delivery mid-2023 at the earliest.  


Where will I be able to buy one and have it serviced? 

Fisker has yet to announce plans for its UK presence, but it is likely to follow the Tesla model of having online sales and a small number of sales and service ‘Fisker Experience’ centres around the UK. 

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