In an age where electric cars are taking over the market, Fisker Inc. is gearing up for the final phase of development, tooling, and commercialization of its first vehicle, the all-electric Fisker Ocean.
The Fisker Ocean base price is confirmed at $37,499 and will be offered with four different package options, to be detailed in Q4 of 2020. The Fisker Ocean will have a 250-300 mile electric range and an international CCS 2 charging plug.
Hitting The Dirt
After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries by fleet operators, Fisker Inc. has started working on an off-road package for the Fisker Ocean. Force-E (Force Electric) is an off-road package option based on the Fisker Ocean electric vehicle.
The Electric Powertrain of Force-E will have large amounts of torque – ideal for off-roading. The Force-E package will be available only in AWD configurations with approximately 300 horsepower and subsequently a high-performance version.
“Our vision for ‘A clean Future for All’ has become even more relevant during these times of crises,” Henrik Fisker explained. “As our development stage was highly dependent on finalizing manufacturing agreements and signing off virtual data, we have not seen a significant impact
on our timeline for the Fisker Ocean launch at this point in time.”
“We are still planning to have early built vehicles running off the assembly line end of next year. It’s been amazing to see the enthusiasm from our reservation holders, putting down paid reservations this early and following everything we are doing,” Fisker continued. “For competitive and business reasons, we will have to wait a few more months to announce more news about several business aspects and vehicle details, but I’m eager to share more details as soon as we can!”
An upgraded and lifted suspension, off-road spec wheels and tires, extra front lights in the lower bumper, front light protective bar, extra front tow hooks, lower front protective scuff plate, roof rack with integrated lights, a rear hatch tool and power plug box, that can rescue other out of power EV’s will be part of the package. The “Force-E fortified” Ocean will carry a full-size spare tire in a deep recess in the unique hood panel.
By placing the spare tire in this position, no compromises are made to the tailgate, typical of the solutions offered by competitors. This deeply recessed placement is possible in an electric SUV like the Fisker Ocean because there is more space beneath the hood surface to accommodate the bulk of the tire assembly, without compromising forward vision, versus under the hood, where a large off-road tire would not fit.
The vehicle will come equipped with a large drinking water tank under the hood, with a release tap in the lower front bumper, for easy access to clean drinking water in rescue situations. The interior will have certain upgrades with more rugged and durable materials.
The Force-E package was initiated to cover market segments including rescue vehicles, military personnel movements on military bases, police vehicles, municipalities, and international organizations promoting a cleaner planet. The Fisker unique California mode that allows the rear window to automatically roll down together with the small three-quarter windows, side windows, and open roof will come standard in this configuration.
What Does It Mean For Off-Road?
Off-roading is for the adventure type, for those that like to be off the grid, and for those looking to get away from the normal day to day. The off-road market has a lot of products allowing enthusiasts to stay off the grid longer with extra fuel cans and auxiliary fuel tanks, but what about for electric vehicles?
Are we going to see more solar panel farms off the side of the trail with off-roaders going electric? Are they electric vehicles going to be able to perform better than what is out there now?
Time will tell with all of those questions, but for a market that is built for the outdoors, I cannot see the electric market succeeding in the off the grid lifestyle. Unless solar panels become more diverse and easier to transport I do not know how an electric vehicle would do in the middle of the desert or on the Rubicon.
For more information on Fisker Ocean, be sure to visit the Fisker website. What do you think of this off-road electric SUV? Tell us in the comments below!