Our readers will most likely do not forget that Fisker and Magna Steyr announced to have signed agreements back in October. What none of those corporations pressured on the time was that they have been “coming into into agreements.” The ultimate papers have solely been signed now to make sure Magna Steyr will produce the Ocean electric SUV for Fisker and permit it to make use of its electrical platform. A “production-intent” prototype will most likely emerge in Summer time 2021.
Though Fisker has mentioned the SUV’s improvement would take solely half of what it normally takes, manufacturing is scheduled to start by This autumn 2022 if every part goes as deliberate. Fisker already has the automobile design and claims that the Fisker-Versatile Platform Adaptive Design (FF-PAD) can undertake any electrical automobile platform. If that’s the case, why will the “production-intent” prototype have to attend till This autumn 2022 to be constructed?
From the presentation of this prototype as much as the projected begin of manufacturing, that’s about 18 months, the identical period of time the second-generation Fiat Bravo – also called Kind 198 – wanted to be accomplished.
Automobile venture developments take a very long time to mature, and that isn’t correctly a problem. If Fisker is assured improvement can be fast, presenting the car solely by November 2022 most likely has extra to do with the gross sales community and Magna’s availability to fabricate it than with different components.
Fisker and Magna Steyr already disclosed that the automobile would use the FM29 platform. We’d wager FM stands for “Fisker” and “Magna,” and the 29 could check with its wheelbase – 2900 mm, maybe?
As promised when we told you about Fisker becoming a public company with a SPAC, we’ve got contacted Magna Steyr to be taught extra about this electrical automobile platform. Based on the Canadian provider, the FM29 platform relies on a Magna Steyr electrical automobile structure that apparently has no identify. It will be just like what Foxconn announced it wants to do with its open-source electric car platform – which, by the way, is called MIH.
InsideEVs requested Magna Steyr for extra particulars on the structure, and the corporate promised on November 5 it might put us in touch with one in all their engineers. We’re nonetheless ready for that dialog.
By coincidence, the Chinese website Carsxw.com published on November 20 that BAIC made a partnership with Magna to develop a scalable open-source platform for electrical automobiles. This new structure was primarily based on the one the Arcfox αT launched, and it’s referred to as BE21. Arcfox is among the manufacturers BAIC has created for the Chinese language market.
Now we have requested Magna Steyr on that very same day if it’s the identical one that can give the Ocean its underpinnings. Though we obtained no reply to this point, it isn’t unlikely that the Fisker SUV can be associated to the Arcfox αT.
That doesn’t imply the autos can be an identical. Scalable platforms enable for an incredible number of automobiles. The proper instance for that’s the Volkswagen MQB, which underpins the Golf and the Atlas. The BE21 can match autos with wheelbases from 2.76 meters (108.7 inches) as much as 2.90 m (114.2 inches).
The FM29 model of no matter platform Magna has can have a redesigned front-end construction and also will be longer and wider. One other distinctive function of the FM29 can be associated to EE (Electrics/Electronics) “options not beforehand seen in automotive functions,” based on Henrik Fisker. All these EE options would have been developed in-house.
The corporate additionally mentioned he’s working with its cell provider to optimize the driving unit to supply class-leading output. By way of effectivity, Fisker’s Extremely Lengthy Vary (ULR) battery pack choice would provide a spread of greater than 350 miles. Once we do not forget that the Lucid Air can have an estimated vary of as much as 517 miles, it’s clear that the Ocean’s important promoting level will most likely be its price ticket of lower than $40,000.