Fisker has confirmed the “world’s most sustainable vehicle”, its Ocean SUV, has started rolling off the production line in Graz, Austria.

    The production plan for the Ocean SUV includes 300 units in the first quarter of 2023, ramping up to 8000 units in Q2, 15,000 in Q3, and a total of 42,400 units by the end of 2023. 

    The Fisker Ocean SUV already has 63,000 reservations, and two of the three permanent trim levels are already sold out in the USA for 2023. 

    On offer are the entry-level Ocean Sport, followed by the Ocean Ultra, the range-topping Ocean Extreme, and the limited Ocean One which will be exclusively available to the first 5000 vehicles. 

    Fisker says reservations for the Ocean ONE sold out in just 30 days, representing a potential revenue of US$350 million (AU$524.3 million) once all vehicles are delivered. 

    Two years of development has led to the final production version of the Ocean, with contract manufacturer Magna Steyr producing 95 prototype versions to date. 

    Batteries are being provided by the Chinese giant CATL. 

    Lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) batteries provide a range of up to 434 km on the Ocean Sport, while nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) batteries give 609km and 629km of range to the Ultra and Extreme respectively, all according to WLTP testing.

    The entry Sport features a front axle electric motor producing 205kW of power, while the Ultra, Extreme, and One all have a dual-motor AWD system producing 410kW.

    Fisker claims the Ocean Extreme can do the 0-60mph (97km/h) sprint in 3.6 seconds. 

    The Ocean is manufactured from more than 50kg of ‘recycled, biodegradable, and overall eco-conscious materials’ and a completely vegan five-passenger interior made from recycled materials such as fishing nets, old t-shirts, and renewed rubber.

    All models will feature a 17.1-inch rotating screen that can be put into landscape when parked for movie viewing and gaming, as well as over-the-air (OTA) updates for continued software improvements. 

    Fisker chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said, “We’ve challenged the old model of longer development timelines, reflecting our team’s agility and dedication to creating emotionally desirable vehicles with the newest, most unique experiences in our price range.”

    “We have the highest quality at launch, aligned with our commitment to leading the industry in sustainability.”

    Pricing opens with the Ocean Sport at US$37,499 (A$56,179) and is topped by the Ocean Extreme and Ocean One editions for US$68,999 (A$103,370). 

    There is still no further comment from Fisker on the possibility of its models coming to Australia.  

    The Ocean SUV will be the first launch for Fisker, but it already has several other projects in the pipeline including the Fisker Pear, an entry-level “sporty crossover” and the Project Ronin four-door convertible, both of which are set to be revealed in the second half of 2023 with production starting in the US during the second half of 2024.

    Eilidh McNaughton
    Eilidh McNaughton is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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