California’s Fisker Ocean might be made in Austria with VW tech

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Californian EV maker Fisker looks like it won’t be making its Ocean at home after all. It won’t be using the company’s own platform, either.

In July, company boss Henrik Fisker announced that a new deal to build the Ocean on Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicle platform would make the car a relative steal at just $29,999 after incentives. Now, according to Automotive News Europe, Fisker says it has a tentative deal to manufacture the Ocean at Magna Steyr’s plant in Graz, Austria.

Canadian-owned Magna Steyr currently builds the Jaguar I-Pace, as well as the E-Pace SUV, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the BMW 5 Series, the Z4, and its Toyota GR Supra sibling.

Fisker claims the Ocean will be the world’s most sustainable SUV, with a range of up to 300 miles and a vegan interior, together with a wide use of recycled materials in its construction. It’s a decent-looking competitor to the Tesla Model Y and the Polestar 2, and Fisker is already offering the Ocean with tempting flexible financing. However, Fisker has yet to finalize exactly what technology will underpin it or where it will be built. Deliveries are promised for 2022.

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