Fisker electric SUV previewed

Fisker electric SUV previewed

Electric automaker Fisker plans to take on its old rival Tesla with a battery-driven SUV priced starting at US$40,000, it said mid-March.

Fisker, the electric auto brand which was an early rival to Tesla, announced Monday it would produce a new sport utility vehicle priced below US$40,000 that will be available next year.

The luxurious SUV is the first in an upcoming line-up of three affordable all-electric vehicles created by renowned American automotive industry designer, Henrik Fisker.

Specs for the vehicle has yet to be divulged in full but a few details have been released which includes a grille-mounted radar and up to 22-inch allow wheels.

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Like the Model Y, the as-yet-unnamed Fisker will be priced from less than $40,000 (£30,200) in the US. But Henrik retained the rights to the Fisker name and logo, reconstituting his efforts under the Fisker Inc. banner.

Fisker is apparently now pinning down the location of an assembly facility in the US, but says a prototype should be ready to show off by the end of 2019. According to the company, "With the touch of a button, an extended open-air atmosphere will be made possible without compromising the rugged and safe structural integrity of an SUV". A "nationwide concierge service model" will be used to maintain the cars. The company will begin accepting early deposits closer to the start of production. Fisker boasts that the vehicle will have a "unique", yet intuitive interface, which hints that its crossover could go against the modern trend of ever-expanding, increasingly ugly infotainment screens.

Henrik Fisker, company founder, said the new model will take the form of "a desirable, luxuriously rugged and green vehicle that's accessible to people across the United States and the world".

"We will offer inductive charging so you won't have to plug in your vehicle to charge", Fisker Inc. It will serve not only as Fisker's most luxurious, most advanced product but also as a technological showcase, one promised to eventually feature commercial-grade solid-state batteries.