Fisker will have its new Pear crossover electric vehicle built in Ohio alongside the Lordstown Endurance electric truck, with electronics megabody Foxconn handling the job.
Electric vehicle company Fisker caused a stir today when it announced plans to release a second electric model. The upstart automaker will partner with Foxconn to build the Fisker Pear — an acronym for Personal Electric Automotive Revolution — in Lordstown, Ohio. Fisker plans to start production at electronics giant Foxconn in 2024, with a target of 250,000 units per year.
Henrik Fisker swings again for EV fences
Henrik Fisker’s automotive businesses have a long and winding history. After designing cars like the BMW Z8 and 2004 Aston Martin DB9, the Danish designer came out alone.
It first launched Fisker Automotive in 2007, building the oddly shaped plug-in hybrid Karma. Fisker built about 2,500 Karmas before that company closed in 2014. The shutdown came shortly after its battery supplier filed for bankruptcy. The Chinese conglomerate Wanxiang then bought the assets of Fisker Automotive and launched Automotive Karmawhich still manufactures a version of the original Karma today.
Henrik Fisker started another automaker in 2016. This company, Fisker Inc., brings to market the Ocean EVwhich he announced last year, and now he presents the pear.
The same Foxconn that built your phone will build you a car
Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is important in construction electronics for other companies. Operations around the world have combined to build BlackBerry devices, make iPads and iPhone for Apple, every Microsoft Xbox console after the premiere and Google Pixel devices.
In short, he knows how to build high-tech stuff. Now he plans to transfer that knowledge into building high-tech consumer vehicles.
Late last year, Foxconn announced plans to purchase the former Lordstown Assembly Plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Lordstown Engines bought the plant from General Motors in 2019, with plans to build a new electric truck there. Until the conclusion of the Foxconn deal, this plan was on a precarious financial footing.
Foxconn’s purchase of the plant closed this week and Fisker’s announcement came the next day.
Pear in shape alongside Lordstown’s electric truck
According to the production plan, the Ohio plant will be able to build a minimum of 250,000 Fisker Pear vehicles per year once operations ramp up. Foxconn will still be building the Lordstown Endurance pickup there, good news for the town and the factory.
With the announcement, we got our best look at the pear. Fisker says it plans to launch the EV in 2024, with pricing starting below $29,900 before incentives.
Fisker says design and engineering focused on using fewer parts will allow for a low price. At the same time, quick and simplified manufacturing should help speed up the process.
Fisker will build the electric vehicle on a new platform it designed itself, and it won’t be shared with the ocean. The company is planning two more vehicles for the same platform and expects to announce them later.
New Look at the Affordable EV Pear
In the Fisker Pear teaser, a front view shows off a sleek crossover. With a square roof but wide, curved fenders, it sports a slim headlight design much like the Fisker Ocean. It also has an illuminated pear script logo like the ocean.
A curved A-pillar is an unusual move in modern design. Reversing cameras in place of traditional mirrors protrude on narrow stalks from the base of the pillars.
Fisker is taking reservations for the pear now, and $250 will get you a spot on the roster of the Company Website. The automaker didn’t give us many details about the vehicle, but calls it “an agile urban EV.” He also calls it “a mobility device rather than a conventional car.”
The pear will be about 177 inches long, about the same as the Toyota RAV4 compact crossover.
Fisker is still planning to launch the Ocean EV crossover Later this year.