Fisker Inc., the innovative automaker that recently launched its first Ocean electric SUV, has revealed plans for a new special-edition off-road package, the Force E. The aim is clear: Fisker wants to muscle into territory typically dominated by Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles such as the Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender.
The Force E name may ring a bell for some, as Fisker originally introduced it as a design study following the Ocean’s 2020 debut. The early model appeared more extreme and tactical; however, the concept has since been refined and moderated as it edges toward its scheduled 2023 launch date.
Fisker’s bold plan involves a major shake-up of the off-road space, traditionally untouched by electric vehicles. The Ocean Force E is poised to spearhead this drive, featuring an upfit package that includes 33-inch all-terrain tires mounted on 20-inch (51-cm) reinforced wheels, specialized suspension dampers to manage harsh bumps, and a full-length titanium protective plate beneath the battery pack. The package also includes structurally mounted front and rear skid plates for enhanced safety and durability.
“This vehicle is going to be a beast,” promised Fisker’s Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker, underscoring the company’s high ambitions. “We have pulled out all the stops on this one. It’s exciting to enter the segment, and for those who love to go off-road and enjoy nature, what better way than with zero emissions?”
Beyond the rugged exterior, the Ocean Force E package will offer interior modifications such as rubber floor mats, additional grab handles, and tie-down points. An available add-on roof basket and features such as bumper reinforcements, front auxiliary lighting, tow hooks, and possibly bold graphics will further enhance its off-road capabilities.
Current Ocean buyers interested in the Force E will be pleased to know that it will be available as a retrofit for all-wheel-drive Ocean Ultra and Ocean Extreme models. Powering the Force E will be the Ocean Extreme’s dual-motor AWD system, delivering a formidable 550 horsepower.
The Force E’s promise doesn’t stop at its off-road upgrades. Fisker’s inaugural SUV boasts features that make it a compelling off-road contender. The vehicle’s 113-kWh “Hyper Range” battery is expected to provide a remarkable 350-mile (563 km) range. The SolarSky roof featured in the Extreme model is projected to provide enough charging for an additional 1,500 to 2,000 miles (2,400 to 3,200 km) per year. Other conveniences include an outlet for powering tools and a “California Mode” for lowering all eight windows simultaneously, echoing the open-air feel synonymous with off-roading.
The Force E package is being developed at Fisker’s UK Magic Works specialty division, headed by former rally racer and SVP of engineering, David King. The special edition kit is set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2023.
The Ocean model itself made its debut when Henrik Fisker personally delivered the first unit to a Danish customer recently. The company is set to start U.S. deliveries in June, following the vehicle’s completion of homologation later this month.
With the Ocean Force E, Fisker is not just introducing a new vehicle; it’s ushering in a new era of electric off-roading. With zero emissions and a host of rugged, practical features, the Force E seems destined to challenge the status quo, demonstrating that electric vehicles are not only viable but also formidable contenders in the off-road segment.