Fisker reveals details of $30,000 electric car planned for Lordstown plant
A California-based electric vehicle manufacturer has announced a $29,900 price tag for the car it plans to build at Foxconn’s Lordstown facility in collaboration with the Taiwanese company.
Fisker Incorporated on Thursday released other details about the Pear crossover vehicle, including the use of a new light steel body structure. Fisker says its engineers and designers have worked on reducing the number of parts by 35%.
The five-seat vehicle will have the option to seat six people, with a sizeable two-seat bench replacing the single front passenger seat and center console.
The approximately 15-foot-long Pear is smaller than the Fisker Ocean SUV, which began deliveries earlier this year.
The Pear features what Fisker says is a “unique Houdini trunk” that enables owners to load and unload in tight street parking situations and to avoid damage in parking structures with low ceilings. The trunk lid and glass move down behind the rear bumper beam and are protected in case of a rear crash.
There is more storage space in the Pear’s drawer-like front boot, or “froot,” that keeps keeping odors out of the cabin. The “froot” will be offered with an insulated option to keep food hot or cold.
Using what Fisker calls a “Lounge Mode” the Pear has seats that fold flat, including the rear seat folding backward into the trunk area, to create a space for watching a movie or taking a rest.
Pear will come with an optional 17.1-inch rotating screen for entertainment in Lounge Mode.
The Pear will offer two battery options. The lightest and most sustainable version will have an estimated range of either 180 miles or an estimated 320 mile-range for longer trips, according to Fisker.
The company projects Pear will be able to go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 6.3 seconds.
Fisker plans both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive for the Pear, with standard 20-inch wheels and low rolling resistance tires. There are also the optional 22-inch wheels with high-performance tires. A high-performance variant, the Fisker PEAR Extreme, will also be in the lineup.
Pear will be Fisker’s first vehicle to use Blade, the company’s in-house-designed High-Performance Computer, to connect customers digitally.
The system uses an asymmetric processing architecture to achieve more power efficiencies, according to Fisker. A multi-gigabit internal Ethernet network will connect the rest of the vehicle systems to Fisker Blade for high-speed networking and diagnostics. The 5G/Wi-Fi6 wireless network will turn Pear into a cloud-connected mini data center.
With an interior featuring recycled and bio-based materials, Fisker intends to make the Pear the basis of a carbon-neutral vehicle by 2027.
“With PEAR, we threw convention out the window,” Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said. “We created this vehicle with the idea that young people living in the world’s big cities need innovative, versatile, and affordable mobility.”
Fisker said it expects manufacturing and deliveries to begin in July 2025.
Fisker is proceeding with plans announced last year to make the Pear at the Lordstown plant, which has made business news headlines following the bankruptcy of another tenant of the facility, Lordstown Motors, which is looking for someone to buy the company and manufacture the all-electric Endurance pickup truck.
The Pear will be on exhibit at the Fisker Lounge Munich on September 4-10, concurrent with the IAA Mobility 2023 event in the German city.