Fisker shows Ocean e-SUV series design + details
Fisker has just presented its electric SUV Ocean in the design meant for series production along with more details on the technology and the prices of the individual versions. The Fisker Ocean is scheduled to start rolling off Magna production lines in Austria on 17 November 2022.
Fisker to release two more electric cars by 2025
Fisker is planning two more electric models by 2025, following the Ocean electric SUV and the Pear developed together with Foxconn. However, according to company founder Henrik Fisker, these vehicles will be positioned significantly above the Ocean.
Foxconn buys Lordstown plant & signs manufacturing partnership
Foxconn will buy the car plant of the electric car start-up Lordstown Motors in Lordstown in the US state of Ohio. This is provided for in an agreement in principle that has now been concluded between the two sides. Foxconn will then take over the production of the electric pickup truck Endurance for Lordstown Motors.
Fisker drops solid-state battery project
Fisker has abandoned its plans for solid-state batteries. Henrik Fisker stated in an interview that he made the decision more than a year ago. In his opinion, series production is still at least seven years away.
Fisker and Foxconn are planning a new EV for 2023
Fisker has announced a large-scale electric vehicle project with the Apple contract manufacturer Hon Hai aka Foxconn. The model, which will apparently not be an ordinary electric car, will be Fisker’s second model after the Ocean electric SUV.
Fisker announces European HQ in Munich
The electric car manufacturer Fisker will set up its European headquarters in Munich. The choice of location for the European headquarters called “Matrix” was also made because of its proximity to Magna’s production facility in Graz.
Danish ride-hailing company Viggo orders 300 Fisker Ocean
The Danish ride-hailing company Viggo, which specializes in electric cars, has ordered 300 Fisker Ocean. The Copenhagen-based provider was founded in 2019 and has 55 electric cars on offer to date. By the end of the year, the electric fleet is expected to grow to 100 vehicles.
Fisker Ocean to be manufactured by Magna in the EU
Contract manufacturer Magna has announced a cooperation with Fisker. This includes the production of the electric SUV Ocean, scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2022. This also makes it clear that Fisker Ocean will not be based on Volkswagen’s MEB.
Fisker to go public & interested in VW’s MEB platform
Electric car manufacturer Fisker plans to go public through a merger with the investment company Spartan Energy Acquisition Corporation and is currently negotiating with Volkswagen in parallel on the use of the MEB for the series version of the Fisker Ocean electric SUV.
Fisker Ocean to retail for $37,499 in the US
Fisker has published further details about their electric SUV called Ocean at CES, including the purchase price, which starts at 37,499 dollars in the USA, meaning the e-SUV will be available from 29,999 dollars when taking the nationwide tax credit into account.
Fisker Ocean electric SUV now available for reservation
The US manufacturer Fisker is now accepting reservations for its electric SUV Fisker Ocean. Only a limited number of models will be sold for a price that has not yet been made public. Fisker wants to lease the majority of these from 379 dollars (about 345 euros) per month.
Fisker presents electric SUV under $40,000
U.S. carmaker Fisker has revealed a preview of their announced electric model for the mass market, which is expected to cost less than 40,000 dollars (net). The market launch of the electric SUV with a 300 mile range (approx. 483 km) is planned for the second half of 2021.
Fisker receives investment from Caterpillar
It is an unlikely pairing, an electric sports carmaker coming together with a heavy machinery manufacturer. Yet, Fisker announced that it received an investment from Caterpillar. The latter want to use Fisker’s future solid-state battery technology once it materialises.
Fisker to use solid-state batteries from 2020 (video)
Fisker had been working on their comeback for some time and had got the industry talking when they first announced their EMotion would utilise solid-state batteries before later backing off, saying they’d resort to Li-ion cells by LG Chem. Now the story took another turn, this time on the executive level.
Fisker EMotion to debut at CES in Las Vegas
Fisker will take the wraps off its electric-powered luxury model at January, 9th, at CES. Ahead of the presentation, the company is showing now new teaser photos that are focussing on the so far quite unknown wing door concept of the car.
Geely, Schaeffler, Hyundai-Kia, BMW, Nissan, Fisker.
Geely, Volvo and Lynk&Co are about to establish a standalone EV technology JV in order to mutually benefit from synergies and economies of scale. In a MoU, all three agreed to share vehicle architecture and engines via cross licensing arrangements of technologies managed by the joint venture. Its headquarter will be in China with a subsidiary set in Swedish Gothenburg. Also, Volvo is about to take a significant minority stake in Lynk & Co given that they will share technology anyway.
Schaeffler restructures its business as well to accommodate for what it calls “key opportunities for the future.” Electric mobility is to play a crucial role and will form its own division within automotive. Apart from concentrating all hybrid and electric vehicle activities in one unit beginning by 2018, Schaeffler also plans to set up a competence centre for all things electric in China. Meanwhile, the supplier has received eight series contracts for electric axles and hybrid modules from different clients worldwide. Automotive CEO Matthias Zink believes, “the sales potential of these contracts amounts to over one billion euros.”
Hyundai-Kia to double EV production: Once the all-electric variants of both the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro will go on sale early next year, the Korean alliance hopes to double its EV sales. In numbers that means 13,000 E-Kona and 12,000 E-Niro a year.
Battery upgrade for BMW i3? 120 Ah has been named as the next threshold by the BMW blog just a year after the carmaker introduced its i3 with a 94 Ah power pack. The new cells with 120 Ah could enter the electric line-up from 2018 and are said to increase the range by another 60 percent. It is currently about 200 km in real life.
One pedal for all: Nissan continues the tease for the next-gen Leaf with yet another feature that takes electric driving most seriously. The e-Pedal essentially does away with the clutch and brake as it enables full control over stop and go and fast and slow. Nissan claims that its release would bring the Leaf to a halt even on steep hills and that it will be enough to tap the lever again to reengage the electric drive. Those however that prefer to trust their long trained two-pedal instinct have the option to switch the e-Pedal off entirely, meaning there is a brake installed still.
youtube.com, autoblog.com, electrek.co
Fisker battery details: The luxury brand disappointed when it cancelled the expected graphen-based battery for now. Instead, Fisker opted for Li-ion batteries and claims a range of 640 km. The cylindrical cells stem from LG Chem (21700) and work with NCM chemistry. Tesla’s Model 3 uses the same format.
SF Motors, Fisker, Nissan, BMW i, Mahindra, Volvo.
Redemption of sorts: The Hummer gives way to electric cars and where AM General once made that quasi-tanks for “civilians” like Arnold Schwarzenegger, SF Motors is to take over. The subsidiary of Chongqing Sokon Industry Group bought the plant in South Bend, Indiana for 110m dollars and will keep on most of the 400+ strong workforce as well. It is the third acquisition in the States for the Chinese firm after it also set up shop in California as well as Michigan (we reported). While SF Motors is advised by Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard, an actual electric vehicle has yet to emerge.
Fisker has opened the order books online in the meantime and 2,000 dollars guarantee a reservation. Careful though, real prices start from 129,500 dollars so the cap at two reservations per person seem a bit of a luxury problem. The EMotion’s official presentation is set on August, 17 and a new video allows for a detailed preview.
carscoops.com, fiskerinc.com, vimeo.com (video)
Nissan blows the cover of its new Leaf and has confirmed the date for its official launch: September, 5 or 6 considering the time difference to Japan. A new image emerged to tease the occasion, this time showing a blue grille and some chrome but mostly the Nissan badge.
Manufacturing network: BMW i Ventures took a stake in Xometry, an on-demand platform for product designers, engineers and procurement managers to find production facilities nationwide. Launched in 2014, the start-up now claims to have 5,000 customers.
Electric SUV by Mahindra: The Indian carmaker is working on a production version of its XUV Aero concept, following positive reception at various shows earlier this year. A near-to-production model can be expected at Auto Expo 2018 with market entry set for later that year or early 2019.
Gaming got serious as Volvo Cars and Swedish supplier Autoliv cooperate with Nvidia, known for its graphics technology in computer games. The U.S. firm shall now turn that expertise into AI-based software for self-driving vehicles, which Volvo plans to introduce by 2021.
Toyota, Fisker, AEro1, Canada.
Toyota invention: Mini wind turbines could soon co-power Toyota’s electric vehicles a patent shows. The system comprises of wind turbine, an air inlet, air channels, an air outlet, and a generator that converts the kinetic energy to electric power to be stored in the battery. The mini rotors could generate enough energy to power integral and auxiliary systems such as air conditioning.
No Graphen battery: Henrik Fisker just took away excitement for the Emotion, saying it would not be delivered with the expected Graphen battery but with conventional NMC (Li-ion) chemistry. He upheld the promised range of 400 miles though.
facebook.com (Henrik Fisker), greencarreports.com
Taking flight: Solar Impulse giver André Borschberg’s latest adventure is moving forward as H55 presents its first electric airplane. Made for aerobatics, the AEro1 is already airborne and currently being tested at Sion Airport in the Rhone valley. It seats one and serves as technology demonstrator.
Cold proved shuttle: A consortium in Canada agreed to develop an autonomous electric shuttle specifically designed with Canadian winters in mind. Partners include FPInnovations, ABB, Ericsson Canada, Motrec International and Technoparc Montréal. The latter will test the EV on its campus first.