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Fisker teases entry-level electric EV, promises earlier reveal

Fisker's Pear is ripening, as the company's CEO teases an earlier-than-expected preview of the entry-level electric vehicle.

William Stopford
William Stopford
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The reborn Fisker has yet to deliver its first vehicles to customers, but it says its upcoming entry-level electric vehicle, the Pear, will debut sooner than expected.

“EV below $29,900 & Revolutionary! We are currently working full speed on re-defining how to make an inexpensive car,” said company CEO Henrik Fisker on his Instagram account.

“Reducing parts, make them simpler. Adding technology & unique features to replace tradition!

“I expect, we will show a PEAR prototype earlier than I originally stated.”

Mr Fisker also published another teaser image of the Pear, taken from the front and giving us a better look at its seemingly illuminated badging and extremely slim headlights.

Fisker has previously said the Pear will be a five-seat crossover measuring around 4500mm long (roughly the same as a Volkswagen Tiguan), though the past couple of teasers suggest it’ll have genre-defying hatchback-cum-SUV styling like the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

The company has previously said the Pear will enter production in 2024 at an ex-General Motors factory in Ohio, which contract manufacturer Foxconn purchased from Lordstown Motors.

It’s projecting annual production volumes of 250,000 vehicles once production ramps up.

Fisker claims the Pear will have a starting price of $US29,990 ($A43,553), and has already opened reservations for it at $US250 ($A363).

It’ll be built on a new proprietary architecture, which will underpin the two additional Fisker models set to follow the Pear.

“The Pear will be a revolutionary electric vehicle that won’t fit into any existing segment,” said Mr Fisker.

“The exterior design will feature new lighting technology and a wraparound front windscreen inspired by a glider plane glass canopy, enhancing frontal vision.”

“Our engineering group is working on new features and high-tech solutions for the PEAR that will change how we use and enjoy a vehicle in the city.”

For now Fisker is remaining tight-lipped about the Pear’s electric powertrain, battery capacity, and range. It says additional details and specs will be released closer to deliveries.

Seeing as it’s smaller than the larger Ocean SUV and has a starting price that is around $US8000 ($A11,618) cheaper, the Pear is expected to have less in the way of electric range and power.

While Fisker has been releasing more teasers of the Pear and its upcoming Project Ronin tri-motor, four-door convertible flagship, the Ocean will be the first cab off the rank for the company, Henrik Fisker’s second eponymous automaker.

Currently, Magna-Steyr is gearing up to begin production of the Fisker Ocean from November 17, 2022 at a carbon-neutral factory in Graz, Austria.

The Ocean starts at US$37,499 (A$52,821) before federal and state tax credits in the US.

In base Sport guise it uses a CATL-supplied lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, good for a claimed 402km of range under the US EPA test cycle. This usually yields lower range figures than the WLTP test cycle.

Powering the Ocean Sport is a single electric motor on the front axle that produces 205kW. Fisker claims it can do the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint in 6.9 seconds.

The Ultra upgrades to a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery and a 402kW dual-motor all-wheel drive system, with range of 547km and a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds, while the Extreme also uses a NMC battery but boasts 410kW, 560km of range, and a 3.6-second sprint time.

It measures 4775mm long, or 35mm shorter than a Kia Sorento.

Fisker has confirmed it’ll produce the Ocean in right-hand drive as it’ll be sold in Europe and the UK, though it has yet to officially confirm Australian launch plans.

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William Stopford
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William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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