The 2023 Fisker Ocean is the EV maker’s first attempt at creating a luxury SUV. Built from recycled materials and expected to provide up to 391 miles of range, it comes with all sorts of gadgetry, including a solar panel roof set to provide up to 2,000 free miles of range annually.
As with most US-based high-performance EVs, it should be quick enough to put most supercars to shame. At the same time, it's supposed to be more refined and comfortable than the German executive crossover options in the market.
With these many interesting features in mind, let’s take a closer look at this all-new Fisker SUV.
Founded by Danish-American automotive designer Henrik Fisker in 2007, Fisker Automotive had high aspirations, and it generated a lot of interest as a result.
Fisker had substantial experience in the automotive industry, having designed cars for BMW, Ford, and Aston Martin. He later started Fisker Automotive and raised hundreds of millions in investments and loans. Its only offering, the Fisker Karma, debuted the same year. It was a stylish, efficient, and quick sports sedan that had a high price tag, but it had many potential buyers.
However, due to reliability issues with the car, significant mismanagement, and some legal battles (including one against Tesla Motors), Henrik Fisker would ultimately depart from his own company. It eventually folded into bankruptcy in 2014.
Two years later, the Fisker brand reemerged as Fisker Inc., with Henrik Fisker leading it once again. Now, with competition among EVs being at its highest, Fisker's upcoming vehicle—the Fisker Ocean—seems to have all of the right goods to succeed.
The 2023 Fisker Ocean’s production will start in November this year.
The futuristic design of the Fisker Ocean is modernistic and superbly eye-catching, whether you look at the exterior or the interior. The latter gives you quite an urban feeling, and it has been spaciously designed despite the compact nature of the car.
This is the highlight of the Ocean SUV; its solar panel roof absorbs the sun’s energy and can use it to provide better mileage.
Rotatable Infotainment Screen
Although the Ocean EV’s three driving modes (i.e., Earth, Fun, and Hyper) are excellent, it is the 17.1-inch infotainment system that deserves a mention here. Yes, it is big, but it is actually rotatable. And yes, you do get a premium Harman/Kardon stereo that comes standard.
Many Driver’s Assist Systems
Even the entry-level 2023 Fisker Ocean is loaded in the safety department. You get goodies such as automatic emergency braking, front and side collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist.
You can lower all of the windows (including the liftgate one), while also opening the roof, for better ventilation. This is quite a rare quirk and you can find it in the Ocean SUV.
The 2023 Fisker Ocean can behave like a cellphone powerbank if you ever need it to. It’ll even power your house or allow you to give some of your battery charge to a fellow EV driver in need.
The trim levels on the 2023 Fisker Ocean include:
- Fisker Ocean One
- Fisker Ocean Extreme
- Fisker Ocean Ultra
- Fisker Ocean Sport
Fisker estimates that the Fisker Ocean One and Extreme (the top two trim levels) should be able to provide up to 391 miles. Below that, the Ocean Ultra should do up to 379 miles. The base variant, the Ocean Sport, is estimated to do up to 273 miles.
The 2023 Fisker Ocean is up against some very powerful rivals, but it is certainly no slouch . The highest power output available on the 2023 Fisker Ocean is 550 horsepower. The minimum available is 275 on the entry-level variant.
The fastest Fisker Ocean model has a 0-62 mph time of about 3.6 seconds. Even the most basic model will accomplish this within 6.9 seconds.
The 2023 Ocean SUV can haul up to 4,000 pounds when equipped properly. Even if you don’t, you can still expect a tow rating of at least 2,040 lbs.
There is a Fisker Ocean electric SUV for everyone, with prices starting at around $39,000. With available incentives, one can expect to get it for $10,000 cheaper. The priciest models will cross into the $70,000 range.
Fisker is offering one of the best warranties in the industry. The limited warranty covers you for six years/60,000 miles; the powertrain and battery warranties are for 10 years/100,000 miles.
If everything goes according to Fisker’s plan, the Ocean EV should be a worthy rival to the Audi e-Tron, the Rivian R1S SUV, and the mighty Tesla Model Y. If we compare their most basic models, the Ocean beats the e-Tron in terms of range and acceleration.
The Ocean SUV may have the edge over the Model Y and the Rivian R1S in comfiness as well. Plus, when you look at its high-tech features, it seems to be engineered with more ingenuity. It is the only one that offers a convertible rooftop out of the four SUVs.
But most importantly, the 2023 Fisker Ocean destroys all three rivals when you compare its low starting price to the competition. This makes quite the difference when the majority of consumers usually don’t get to experience high-end EVs. Now, they certainly will.
Improvements are needed when it comes to the range (a higher range is available in the higher-end, pricey models), driver’s assistance options (it’s great, but the Tesla’s offerings are better), and towing capacity ratings (minimum and maximum lose to the Audi and Tesla, respectively).
How much will the Fisker Ocean cost?
The Fisker Ocean will be priced from almost $39,000 and the top-of-the-line models will be found in the $70,000+ range.
How long is the wait for a Fisker Ocean?
Those who have pre-ordered a Fisker Ocean can expect to wait until September 2023. Production starts in November 2022.
How many Fisker Oceans will be made?
The first batch of Ocean SUVs should include approximately 5,000 units. Notably, the company has claimed that it has received upwards of 50,000 orders.
Does the Fisker Ocean have a third row?
Not yet, as the vehicle is meant to seat five. However, there should be a third row option on the way according to Motor Trend.