Founded by car designer Henrik Fisker, the company already has an agreement with Magna, an automotive contract manufacturing company. Magna is expected to start building the Fisker Ocean electric SUV by the end of 2022. The Ocean is based on engineering developed by Magna but modified by Fisker.
The Fisker and Foxconn vehicle would be Fisker’s second model after the Ocean. The two firms released few details other than a vague design sketch of the car. Fisker and Foxconn did not announce a target price for the vehicle they intend to work on.
“Not unlike when Isaac Newton realized the powers of gravity, the inspiration for this project has come from some unconventional sources,” the release quoted Mr. Fisker as saying. “The design sketch hints at the direction we are taking. However, with the level of innovation planned for this vehicle, I intend to keep the final design a surprise until the last possible moment!”
With large wheels and a body like a sports car, the sketch most closely resembles the coupé-shaped SUVs made by a number of luxury automakers, such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The companies plan to produce more than 250,000 of the vehicles a year, according to Fisker, with production set to start by the end of 2023.
Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Young-way Liu touted the company’s expertise in electric motors, control modules and batteries in a statement announcing the arrangement.
“The collaboration between our firms means that it will only take 24 months to produce the next Fisker vehicle — from research and development to production, reducing half of the traditional time required to bring a new vehicle to market,” Young-way Liu said in the statement.
To date, Fisker has 12,000 pre-paid reservations for the Fisker Ocean SUV at a cost of $250 each. Once in production, the SUV will sell for a starting price of $37,500 before tax incentives.