Fisker targets Austria for electric vehicle production

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Fisker Inc. announced that it had sold its 2023 U.S. share of the Fisker Ocean Sport and Fisker Ocean Ultra trim levels and, in doing so, said it was exploring U.S. manufacturing sites and preparing for large-scale manufacturing. scale at a carbon-neutral factory in Austria, where the Fisker Ocean starts production on November 17, 2022.

Fisker Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker recently visited Magna Steyr’s carbon-neutral factory in Austria, where preparations are well advanced to begin manufacturing the Fisker Ocean in November. He reviewed developments on the main assembly line, where a ramp-up to higher-volume production will begin in 2023. Fisker said a highlight was a robotic, fully automated vehicle-to-vehicle wedding station. battery, where 26 bolts are fastened in less than two minutes. , securing the battery pack in place in the undercarriage.

Beginning November 18, 2022, the day after production begins, Fisker has announced that it will begin taking orders for the Fisker Ocean Extreme in select global launch markets, followed by the opening of orders for the Ultra and Sport in the first quarter of 2023 for other launch markets outside. United States

In preparation for the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), Fisker said it began contacting U.S. reservation holders on August 7. It offered reservation holders the opportunity to proactively enter into a binding contract for the purchase of a Fisker Ocean by converting their initial deposit of $250 and their second deposit of $100 to a non-refundable order. Fisker said it believes this binding contract allows the customer to retain eligibility for a $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit that becomes unavailable if the IRA is enacted.

This ordering system remains in effect only until the IRA is passed and enacted or it is finally decided otherwise. At that time, this order process will be closed. Fisker plans to reopen the ordering process for the Fisker Ocean Extreme version on November 18, 2022.

“We acted quickly to preserve the ability of our eligible U.S. reservation holders to remain eligible for the current federal tax credit,” Fisker said. “We are very pleased that in addition to global Fisker Ocean One customers securing their vehicles, reservation holders in the United States who wanted a Fisker Ocean can lock in their purchase commitment. Our customers give us a huge vote of confidence before we start production on November 17th. Looking to 2024, we are already exploring US manufacturing with the goal of making certain models eligible for the EV tax credit under the proposed new requirements. .”

Fisker said it was in talks with its production partner Magna, examining the possibility of increasing production of the Fisker Ocean in the second half of 2023, potentially releasing more Fisker Ocean Ultra and Sport versions for the US market towards the end of 2023.

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