by Karl Furlong
As Fisker continues its rollout of the Ocean electric crossover, a potentially more intriguing product has emerged in the background. Known as the Fisker Alaska, this will be a fully electric pickup sharing many of its components with the Ocean, while also competing against other electric pickups like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T. Very little else beyond a few teasers have been shared by Fisker, but the closely related Ocean provides a few clues as to what we can expect from the Alaska. Being a pickup, it'll need towing and payload capacities that align with this body style, although a less rugged approach could make it a more practical alternative to an SUV without the comfort compromises of the typical truck. Fisker previously announced plans for a quartet of EVs to make up its range by 2025, and the Alaska could be one of the key models in that group.
A confirmed release date for the Fisker Alaska is still some way off, but the fact that Henrik Fisker spoke about it at the company's earnings call early in 2023 indicates that it can't be too far away. Besides that, the first teaser of the truck popped up in 2020, giving Fisker quite a lot of development time between then and now. Bearing all of this in mind, it's possible that the Alaska could be coming out in 2024 as a 2025 model.
The price of the 2025 Fisker Alaska will depend largely on whether it occupies the mid- or full-size pickup segment, something that isn't confirmed just yet. In the lucrative full-size segment, which continues to thrive in the USA, that would pit the Alaska up against rivals like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T. These pickups start at MSRPs of $55,974 and $73,000, respectively.
However, Fisker has shown us that keen pricing is a large part of what makes the Ocean so appealing, so perhaps the Alaska will start at a cost of below $50,000 to give it a similar advantage over the competition.
Several signs point to the new Fisker Alaska pickup truck being a mid-size model like the Honda Ridgeline, though. A few years ago, Henrik Fisker said that the "lifestyle pickup truck" would be the "lightest, most efficient EV pickup in the world." The teasers also show a truck with quite a short bed, and if it potentially shares a platform with the Ocean, we can expect a unibody truck, also like the Ridgeline. With this positioning in the market, an even lower starting price of closer to $45,000 is possible.
So far, we have only been privy to a few teaser shots of the Fisker Alaska's exterior design. The more recent of these teasers shows the pickup from the rear three-quarter view, and it looks much more futuristic than the average truck from this angle. It has a swept-back passenger compartment along with boldly flared fenders over large wheels. Only seen in Crew Cab form, the bed doesn't appear to be very large, again supporting the lifestyle truck claim rather than one that will serve as a workhorse.
The taillights stretch along the sides of the bed, and there is a light strip above the back window. In an older teaser, the taillights looked more like the ones on the Ocean, and there was large ALASKA script across the tailgate instead of the FISKER name. This teaser also showcased extremely chunky all-terrain rubber.
It's difficult to say how much this design will differ from the final production one, but first impressions are of an exciting addition to the electric pickup segment. It would also be cool to see the Ocean's available SolarSky roof (pictured below) on the Alaska, a feature that could add over 2,000 miles of range annually under ideal conditions.
As far as colors for the Fisker Alaska are concerned, we have no idea what these may be. The Ocean's broad color palette consists of shades like Night Drive, Great White, and Horizon Gray, plus brighter hues like Solar Orange, all of which could appear for the Alaska too.
If Henrik Fisker is correct and this turns out to be the lightest EV pickup in the world, that may mean that the dimensions of the Fisker Alaska will be smaller than the full-size F-150 Lightning. The Ford has length/height/width figures of 232.7/78.3/80 inches, respectively, whereas a mid-size pickup like the Honda Ridgeline comes in at 210.2/70.8/78.6 inches for the same measurements.
It's unlikely that the Alaska will be among the largest trucks in the USA given Fisker's efficiency goals. Its curb weight will still be quite portly as it is an electric pickup, but hopefully it'll be much closer to 5,000 lbs than the Lightning, which starts at over 6,000 lbs.
The most calculated guess we can make here is that the Alaska will share at least some of its electric powertrains with the Ocean, but nothing has been confirmed yet. In the Ocean, both single-motor front-wheel-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive derivatives are available, but we doubt that the Alaska will come with FWD, so AWD should be standard.
Depending on the trim level, the Ocean makes between 275 and 540 horsepower, so the Alaska has the potential to be a very potent pickup with best 0-60 times of under five seconds (as little as 3.6 for the Ocean, but that will likely be a lighter vehicle). Even 275 hp will be quite healthy for a base Alaska. The Ocean AWD has the ability to disengage the rear electric motor for periods to boost range, a nifty trick that would be useful if applied to the Alaska.
Other Ocean features include Earth, Fun, and Hyper driving modes, the names of which are quite self-explanatory, along with an available Boost mode.
Towing specs won't be as critical if the Alaska does turn out to be a smaller pickup, but it should still be capable of better towing than an equivalent crossover. The Ocean can tow up to 4,000 pounds, so Fisker should look to crack at least 5,000 lbs for the Alaska, or around 7,000 lbs if it is a full-size pickup.
Fisker has made some bold claims for the Ocean, one of them being that it will have a longer range on a full charge than any electric SUV under $70,000. Whether the Alaska will set similar benchmarks for the electric truck segment remains to be seen, but it would need to surpass the maximum 320-mile range of the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Rivian R1T's 328 miles. Something in the region of 350 miles would be really solid for an electric pickup.
The Ocean has an 80-kWh battery, and in the Alaska, this may need to be uprated to around 100 kWh to realize the desired range.
Public charging should benefit from Fisker's partnership with ChargePoint, which currently has over 16,700 DC fast charge ports in the country. Most customers will also want to consider the Fisker Wallbox home charger, which can add 20-30 miles of range per hour for the Ocean. This crossover can add around 200 miles of range in 30 minutes with DC fast charging.
We have yet to see any pictures of the Fisker Alaska's interior, but the Ocean (pictured above and below) could suggest some possibilities. The Ocean comes with a large 17.1-inch touchscreen interface, a digital rearview mirror, and a full suite of driver-assistance gear as standard. That includes traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, emergency lane departure avoidance, and a parking assistant - there's no reason why the Alaska won't be equipped to the same high standard.
The environmentally-friendly materials inside the Ocean should filter through to the Fisker Alaska's cabin and its seats. In the crossover, the eco-friendly interior includes carpeting made from recycled plastic bottles, along with fabrics like Alcantara, Ultrasuede, FeelTek, and Eco Fabric. Otherwise, the layout is clean and uncluttered, and the ability of the Ocean's central screen to flip horizontally (Hollywood Mode for viewing movies) or vertically (Control Mode for accessing important functions) is quite clever.
Being a pickup, the Alaska should have generous interior storage, and perhaps it will have rear under-seat storage space as in many other trucks. The cargo space in the Fisker Alaska's "trunk" is unknown, but based on the bed that appears quite short, something close to the Honda Ridgeline's 33.9 cubic feet seems like a reasonable expectation.
Henrik Fisker has promised "some amazing features that have never been done on a pickup truck before," but we have yet to find out what these are. However, we could see the Ocean's Limo Mode with its available second-row digital touchscreen appear in the Alaska, along with the Park My Car automatic parking system.
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