Fisker plans to launch $40,000, 300-mile electric SUV in 2021

Fisker plans to launch $40,000, 300-mile electric SUV in 2021

Fisker has plans to launch an all-electric SUV to compete with Tesla's new Model Y.

Like the Model Y, the as-yet-unnamed Fisker will be priced from less than $40,000 (£30,200) in the US.

Said to feature a "futuristic, elegant muscular look", the new electric SUV has a prominent lower grille and a glass plate for the radar system where a traditional upper grille would normally reside.

A decade ago, Fisker and Tesla were two electric-vehicle hopefuls, and it was looking like Fisker might have the better chances of success. A "nationwide concierge service model" will be used to maintain the cars. But Henrik retained the rights to the Fisker name and logo, reconstituting his efforts under the Fisker Inc. banner.

What won't be an option is the so-called "extended range" battery. The vehicle will have a range of "close to 300 miles" and according to the company, the vehicle will start at less than $40,000.

We'll have to wait a little while to see how realistic that actually is. Reservations for the auto will be available closer to the production date.

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Embracing the advantages of electrification will happen outside and in, Fisker promises. Below that is a parametric mesh, with directed air cooling.

Interior design and materials will be modern, Fisker says, with a heads-up display to keep the driver's eyes on the road. Fisker also hinted about a panoramic-style roof that opens "without compromising the rugged and safe structural integrity of an SUV".

Fisker's new affordable electric crossover is planned to be the first of three mass-market EVs. And expect that careful use of the word "enhanced" could correspond to the supplemental use of the solid-state battery tech Fisker has been cheerleading (and co-developing)-or ultracapacitors, perhaps. Conventional lithium-ion technology will be used for the battery.

Now, though, it's juggling the timelines.

The Fisker EMotion luxury sedan EV. "While other manufacturers have introduced handsome, high-performance electric cars with high price tags, the real race is about who can deliver a truly high-volume, affordable, yet desirable EV - produced through a unique, profitable business model". Fisker anticipates charging times dropping to just minutes. That pegs its release about a year after the arrival of the Model Y.

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