Fisker Ocean, a Tesla model Y killer?

Henrik Fisker, the designer behind cars like the BMW Z8 and the Fisker Karma which is now called the Karma Revero, has struggled to keep a car company afloat in the past. But he’s trying again with the Fisker Ocean, a 250-mile range electric crossover with a price that undercuts the upcoming Tesla Model Y.

Fisker unveiled the Ocean at this years CES, claiming the electric crossover was capable of a range between 250 and 300 miles from a battery pack that is around 80 kWh. The biggest shock was the starting price, at £37,499 before any tax incentives are applied.

At first, the starting price is not too far off from the upcoming base Tesla Model Y which is also a compact electric crossover. The Tesla Model Y starts at £39,000 before incentives and has a range of 230 miles. But when you remember that Tesla has nearly used up all of its federal tax credit and compare that to the Ocean which will come down by £7,500 or more with tax credits applied.

If charging is a concern Fisker Inc. has already announced a deal with Electrify America, one of the fastest-growing charging networks in the U.S.

That makes the difference now about £9,000 even for the base Ocean compared to £39,000 for the Model Y, factoring in available incentives.

If you’d rather lease the Ocean though, Fisker is offering a pretty amazing lease deal. There will be no long-term contracts and priced at £379 a month with £2,999 due at signing following and a £250 reservation fee it can make a payment option.

The interesting catch of the deal, though, is that lessees can return the car after just a month, or after several years, or anywhere in between, as long as they’re paying the monthly rate. And you get up to 30,000 miles in a year too.

The interior is allegedly 100% vegan, the car features a “California mode” that lowers every window at the touch of a button. At the CES reveal, Fisker also showed off a karaoke mode similar to what Tesla upgraded its infotainment software with recently. 

Fisker claims early deliveries will begin in late 2021 with a full production ramp-up in 2022, starting in the U.S. It’s unclear how or where Fisker will manufacture the Ocean, but the company is claiming to have global production capability as sales increase. The ultimate goal is one million vehicles sold by 2027 which not even Tesla has pulled off.

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