The Fisker Ocean SUV Is One Step Closer To Production

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It's another positive step for the upcoming Ocean SUV.

If EV automaker Fisker eventually succeeds in eventually luring buyers away from the big guns, it needs a lot to go right with its upcoming Ocean SUV. Production of the Ocean is set to begin next year and the SUV not only boasts attractive looks and a powerful electric motor, but also an appealing price tag of below $40,000. That means it'll easily undercut the Tesla Model Y.

Although Fisker once had ambitions to utilize solid-state batteries, that plan ended up backfiring. Nevertheless, the company has announced some promising news on the battery front with a leading battery manufacturer and supplier, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL). CATL already supplies batteries for major brands like Tesla, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen.

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Fisker has officially secured long-term battery capacity with CATL for the Ocean SUV. Specifically, the agreement amounts to five gigawatt-hours (GWh) annual battery capacity annually. Intriguingly, CATL will supply two unique battery solutions for the Fisker Ocean.

The main high-capacity battery pack utilizes lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cell chemistry, while the second high-value pack makes use of lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) chemistry. The two companies are currently testing the batteries at pack and vehicle level to ensure high energy density and that the batteries are optimized for crashworthiness.

Noteworthy features of the Ocean's battery are that it is compatible with charging powers of over 250 kilowatts, and it will enable direct charging via an optional solar roof. Tesla's latest V3 Superchargers provide a 250 kW charging rate, so the Fisker Ocean could potentially exceed this.

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"Securing this supply agreement with CATL is another important step in the development of the Fisker Ocean and achieving our battery performance objectives," said CEO and Chairman, Henrik Fisker. "By utilizing multiple chemistries and designing an extremely efficient pack, we will be able to achieve our targeted driving range for the Fisker Ocean Sport and bring segment benchmark-driving range to the longer-range versions of Fisker Ocean."

Fisker says it is on track to begin deliveries of the Ocean in November 2022, with a production-intent model and more battery details set to be revealed on November 17 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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