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We get our first look at the Fisker Ocean, the electric car with solar panels and a rotating screen

At MWC 2022, we had the opportunity to test the prototype version of the Fisker Ocean battery-powered electric SUV on its European debut.

We get our first look at the Fisker Ocean, the electric car with solar panels and a rotating screen
We get our first look at the Fisker Ocean, the electric car with solar panels and a rotating screen

This EV, which we first saw when it was announced at CES in 2020, is the latest venture of legendary car designer Henrik Fisker.

While Fisker Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Ocean will be manufactured by Magna in Graz, Austria, with its first delivery scheduled for later this year.

It has specifications worthy of the price.

Fisker Ocean will be available in three versions. The first is the Ocean Sport ($37,499/£34,990), with an estimated range of 250mi/440km (WLTP), a time of 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and a single-engine drive system (FWD) of 275HP (205kW).

Secondly, the Ocean Ultra ($49,999/£48,900) offers an estimated range of 340mi (EPA) /610km (WLTP) and a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds using a dual-engine drive system (AWD) of 540HP (400kW).

Finally, there’s the Ocean Extreme and the ocean one launch version ($68,999/£59,900). Both offer an estimated range of 350mi (EPA) /630km (WLTP) and a time of 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds thanks to a dual-engine drive system (AWD) of 550HP (410kW).

Ocean will use lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries on sports decorations and cobalt manganese nickel (NMC) batteries on other equipment – both of which are supplied by CATL. The exact power is unknown.

As you’d expect from a modern EV, the Ocean will support DC fast charging of 250kW or faster, but it will also include truck (V2L) functionality similar to those offered by both the Ford F150 Lightning (which powers the home in case of an emergency) and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (electrical equipment and other electric vehicle charging).

With other specs, let’s take a look at Ocean’s design, features, and technology – and share our first impressions.

It charges with the sun.

Ocean’s exterior is quite sleek for an SUV, modern design and very suitable for an EV. It’s a big car and the big 22-inch wheels give it a striking proportion just like an idea car.

We noticed some of the effects of the Land Rover Evoque/Velar in overall shape – especially in thin headlights and LED taillights. The Ocean brand is illuminated at the front and back as a beauty, and so is the shape of the turn signal repeater on the side rearview mirror.

We also like the folding line in the back door and the additional LEDs in the D pillars. Another prominent feature is California Mode, which is available in ultra and extreme/one decorations, which lowers all of Ocean’s windows with the push of a button – including Doggie Power Windows at the D-pillars and in the back door, along with a tempered glass roof – – for an open experience, almost like a Jeep or Bronco, without the hassle of having to remove the body panels.

Speaking of tempered glass roofs, it incorporates solar panels on Extreme/One, which is said to be able to provide an additional 1,500-2,000 miles (2,400-3,200 km) range per year, depending on the climate.

Inside, Ocean is as sleek and modern as the exterior, and Fisker makes extensive use of recycled materials, including recycled plastic bottles. Overall, the interior design reminds us of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Polestar 2.

It has a rotating central screen

Although the Ocean is on static display at Fisker’s booth, we are still allowed to sit in it for a few minutes. Sadly, no monitors and controls work, but the driver’s seat is very comfortable and – like in other EV-only platforms – the interior is extremely spacious.

What really stands out inside the Ocean is the large 17.1-inch 21:9 touch screen that can rotate from vertical mode when driving to horizontal mode when relaxing.

When you’re in the driver’s seat, you’ll be greeted by a two-spoke steering wheel with rolled-up wheels and Model 3-like wheels (indicator lights and wipers on the left, number selectors on the right).

But unlike Tesla’s product, the Ocean has several traditional buttons and switches for headlights, parking brakes, side mirror adjustments, and basic climate functionality — although the rear controls (below the center screen) appear to be a 3D-printed model.

Like the Mustang Mach-E, the Ocean has a long and narrow rectangular tool display mounted on the dashboard. There is also a driving surveillance camera in a pod at the bottom of the left A-pillar (and perhaps the right A-pillar in future RHD vehicles).

While we don’t notice any (obvious) USB ports to charge anywhere, there seem to be two qi-compatible wireless charging pads that are spacious in size in the center console.

Other interesting details include a vertical blue stripe in the middle of each seat and the word “power” embossed on the face of the sill (on the edge of the battery pack).

Overall, ocean’s interior seems like a great place, and definitely feels more upscale than some of its competitors, especially for just $37,499. With 25 cu.ft (707L) – 45 cu.ft (1274L) when lowering seats – cargo space is also plentiful behind the rear seats folding 40/60.

Unfortunately, Ocean does not have frunk (front body). Like the Mercedes EQS, the hood (bonnet) is closed, and can only be opened with tools. Fisker says this is intentional, and mostly for cost savings.

The reason here is that there is plenty of space in the trunk (boot) and while there is room for a few cubic feet of storage at the front, the closed hood will avoid the need for hinges, latches, gas struts, lights, a bathtub, and decorative pieces. Just.

It combines high technology with comfort.

When it comes to technology, Ocean checks all the boxes – at least on paper. This includes a comprehensive set of advanced driver assistance (ADAS) and safety features called Fisker Intelligent Pilot, self-parking, 360-degree view, LTE connectivity, network updates (OTAs), phones in key form, and more.

Obviously, we don’t have the opportunity to experience any of this, so you’ll have to wait until we actually test this EV for more in-depth reporting.

Ocean also has a lot of biological amenities such as a two-zone climate, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel and a lively sound system called Fisker Hypersound.

Limo mode – standard on the Extreme/One version – includes an additional rear touchscreen for climate control along with an electric reclining rear seat. There are three driving modes (Earth, Fun, Hyper) on the Extreme / One and Ultra versions, and two modes (Earth, Fun) on the Sport version.

Overall, Ocean is shaping up to be an exciting and complete EV, with impressive specs and features.

Prices starting at $37,499 (before the offer) offer solid value, and Fisker even plans to offer leases that include maintenance starting at $379 per month (down $2,999).

While the SUV we saw in Barcelona is not yet ready for production, Magna is a manufacturing plant, so it is likely that Fisker will achieve its production goals.

We look forward to seeing how things evolve with Ocean over the next few months, so pay attention to our first follow-up and review.

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