Fisker is now accepting reservations for Ocean SUV, but there’s a catch

If you haven’t heard of the 2021 Fisker Ocean, here’s a short recap. It’s officially the second production vehicle from Henrik Fisker, the man behind the glorious yet problematic Karma hybrid GT. But unlike the Karma, the Ocean is an SUV with an all-electric powertrain.

We previously said the 2021 Fisker Ocean is probably the world’s most sustainable electric SUV. It has solar panels on the roof and a vegan-themed interior, which is the fashionable thing in cars nowadays.

And now, Fisker is ready to accept reservations for the Ocean SUV. But there’s a catch, and there are two, in fact.

First, production for the Fisker Ocean won’t begin until 2021

I personally won’t mind waiting that long, but you have to understand the Ocean is not exactly the first SUV to come with an electric powertrain. Ford recently unleashed the next-generation Mustang with the all-electric Mach-E, and Mazda has the MX-30.

Of course, the Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC are also here to thrash the party alongside the Volvo XC40 Recharge in the premium EV segment. And how can we forget about the Tesla Model Y, which is arriving next year and will most likely claim the throne of bestselling electric crossover when it does.

You see, we’re not exactly devoid of all-electric SUVs, but the point remains: Fisker Ocean is fashionably late in the game, but it may arrive just in time to bang heads with Ford’s Mustang Mach-E.

Secondly, you can’t exactly buy the Fisker Ocean, sort of

Unlike Tesla, the Fisker Ocean has a unique selling proposition. You can’t buy it, but you can lease it. And it makes a lot of sense considering electric SUVs are not exactly the most affordable choice for an electric vehicle.

However, Fisker is ready to accept purchase requests in limited numbers. But then again, a large bulk of Ocean deliveries are destined to be leased.

How much can I lease the Fisker Ocean?

According to Fisker, Ocean lease deals will start at $379 per month with a $2,999 down payment. The carmaker is also offering a $0 down payment drive-away option if you’re not in a mood to make a down payment. Of course, this also means higher monthly payments since the down payment will be financed along with the lease deal, so you better choose wisely.

The lease term also varies. Fisker said drivers can choose a short-term or long-term deal, but the mileage limit for both terms is 30,000 miles per year.

How about insurance?

The lease deals are offered using a dedicated smartphone app, which you can also use to get direct quotes for insurance and other incidentals. You can also book for maintenance or servicing using the same app. And if you do, Fisker will pick up the vehicle from your home or office and return it after servicing.

The Fisker Ocean is expected to be brisk

The automaker has yet to reveal the specs and performance numbers of the Ocean. But with a choice of a single or dual-motor setup, we’re expecting the latter to give the Tesla Model Y a serious run for cash.

Whatever the case, the Ocean will come with an 80 kWh battery pack, which is good for an expected 250 to 300 miles of driving range. Standard equipment includes sustainable materials for the interior including recycled fishnets for the carpets and plastic bottles for the trim. The full-length solar panel on the roof is optional.

If the 2021 Fisker Ocean strikes your fancy, you’ll need to fork over a $250 reservation fee to book your slot. Full specifications, trim levels, and options will be announced in 2020 while test drives will commence in 2021 (which you can book using the app).