November 6

David Oneal sees electric solar panels on a car?

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Fisker is claiming to have designed “the world’s most sustainable vehicle”, with recycled, vegan and other natural products used throughout. I met Henrik Fisker back in 2011 when I was doing a show in Monaco for my tv series’s and then I went to Anaheim to see him at his headquarters to see the Karma electric car, Henrik Fisker designed the BMW z8 a car aI used to have back in 2005 – he was such a fun guy to meet almost 10 years ago. 

Its event got solar panels on the roof! 

They  recently confirmed that the production model will only be available via a ‘flexible lease’ plan, with no long-term contract necessary. It’s now emerged that this scheme will operate through a bespoke smartphone app that will also allow owners to book servicing and maintenance visits. 

Final pricing, specification and performance details will be detailed when order books for the new model open on 27 November 2019, with full-scale production set to get underway at the end of 2021. 

Like the Model Y, the Ocean will be priced from less than $40,000 (£30,200) in the US. It features what the firm calls “captivating design touches that have been traditionally reserved for supercars in the past”.

Prominent styling details include a front-mounted radar in place of a grille, a large front air intake, flared wheel arches and a futuristic headlight design. 

The Ocean also features a targa-style removable roof section with an inbuilt solar panel that boosts the capacity of the car’s 80kWh lithium ion battery pack. Fisker states: “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.” 

The battery is claimed to provide of a range of up to 300 miles. The Ocean will be available in four-wheel drive form, with an electric motor mounted on each axle. 

Fisker also claims that the SUV’s interior will offer class-leading space, a large head-up display and an intelligent user interface.

It’s not yet confirmed where the Ocean will be produced, but Fisker says prototype testing will begin before the end of this year.

The company is also at work on developing solid-state battery technology, which it says w


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