Fisker in talks with Volkswagen in order to secure VW’s MEB platform for the Ocean SUV

Fisker startup plans to build their first EV on VW's MEB platform- will this deal go through?

The revived startup by Henrik Fisker has announced their intentions of using the MEB platform for their electric SUV, the Ocean. The renowed auto designer has long been in pursuit of his own EV. The initial attempts fell through due to complications in production back in 2012. Fisker is eager to make their current plans for an EV a successful production through fundings and collabs.

A few days earlier Fisker inc. announced their plans to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp, an affiliate of private equity firm Apollo Global Management. The $2.9 billion deal is expected to bring in about $1 billion that will be used towards the  production of the Ocean SUV, considering the IPO goes well. So in short, there’s a lot riding on this deal.

Fisker aims at creating ‘ The World’s Most Sustainable Vehicle ‘ with the launch of the Ocean. The premium electric SUV measures 4,640 millimeters in length, 1,930 millimeters in width and 1,615 millimeters in height. Pretty decent in terms of space, let’s say. The boot space is 566 liters and expandable up to 1,274 liters by folding in the rear seats and removing the parcel shelf.
The SUV hosts a ‘vegan interior’ with Polycarbonate Polyurethane surfaces and reinforced Rayon backing. The interior also uses recycled material that cuts the CO2 emission.

In terms of configuration, the Ocean base model comes in a RWD while the others sport a 4WD. The 4WD is expected to produce an approximate  225 kilowatts. The EV aims at delivering a range of 250 – 300 miles. The Ocean SUV is expected to hit markets in 2022 with further specs being revealed by 2021. All said and done, even though the Ocean is one clever creation, the current plan of production depends highly on the deal with Volkswagen going through and a successful IPO. Keep in mind that VW already have their hands full with their own electric productions as well as a deal to provide Ford with the MEB platform.

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Allan Sheldon

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