New Fisker Pear all-electric SUV will start production in 2024
American EV manufacturer Fisker has revealed the latest details of its new Pear EV, stating it could cost from $29,900 (around £24,452) when it goes on sale in the US in 2024.
Where the recently launched Ocean SUV will start production in Graz, Austria in November of this year, Fisker says production of the smaller Pear model will start in 2024 at the firm’s new plant in Ohio, America.
The Pear (an acronym standing for “Personal Electric Automotive Revolution”) will be a rival to other five-seat EVs such as the Volkswagen ID.3, Cupra Born and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, although Fisker says it won’t fit in any existing segment. It’ll also sit on a new platform, which Fisker says will form the basis for two further models.
Fisker also released a new image of the Pear, which shows a large lower grille with what could be a radar system embedded. The headlights are thin and lead into an illuminated Pear logo – there’s also a similarly back lit Fisker badge on the bonnet.
The flared wheel arches give the Pear a wide stance and there’s digital camera wing mirrors, which should lower the drag coefficient and improve range.
Henry Fisker, CEO of Fisker said, “The exterior design will feature new lighting technology and a wraparound front windscreen inspired by a glider plane glass canopy, enhancing frontal vision.”
Given the lower price-point, we expect the Pear will have a smaller battery pack and less powerful electric motors than the Ocean. The battery on the flagship model has a capacity of more than 80kWh and range upwards of 350 miles – so it’s feasible that this new entry-level EV’s battery pack will be closer to 60kWh in size, with range dropping to around 200 miles.
Fisker says it teamed up with the Chinese electronics giant Foxconn to produce the Pear SUV. The Chinese company has long handled the production of the Apple iPhone, but it recently diversified into electric car manufacturing, launching a pair of electric vehicles based on its new Hon Hai Open platform.
The smaller of the two passenger cars is called the Model C. It’s a compact SUV of a suspiciously similar size and shape to the Fisker Pear, that’s powered by a 58kWh battery pack and a 134bhp electric motor. So, it’s likely that Fisker will simply adopt Foxconn’s electric platform and powertrain rather than develop its own.
Fisker hasn’t yet confirmed whether the Pear will be sold in the UK, but a spokesman for the brand suggested that it’s a definite possibility, given the amount of interest European customers have shown in the Ocean. Fisker is also anticipating an annual production volume of 250,000 units from launch, with plans to scale that figure up later in the EV’s life.
The company’s CEO, Henrik Fisker, said: “Our customer wants to take a step into the future with us. We are opening up reservations for Pear following continued demand.
“PEAR will feature the very latest technology in a beautifully designed, affordable urban mobility device. It’s an exciting vehicle and an exciting time for the company as we expand our line-up.”
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