Fisker to establish new tech centre in San Francisco

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 25 Sep 2020

California-headquartered luxury electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Inc. has announced details surrounding its first dedicated engineering and technology centre, to be located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The company says this facility will be the focal point and development centre for its software and vehicle electronics, including both in-car and Fisker data centre elements.

Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO, Fisker Inc. said: “With the development of our first vehicle progressing at speed and the company scaling accordingly, we are now establishing the facilities that can support our expansion. As a company born in California, we wanted to draw on all the diversity, creativity and technical capability this state is famous for. We’re calling the San Francisco office Source Code – which also marks the start of a naming convention for all our facilities going forward.”

Burkhard Huhnke, CTO, Fisker Inc. added: “The design and development of the software and vehicle interfaces will be an important differentiator for all our products, and our new facility in San Francisco will be central to that process. Having a presence in the Bay Area gives us access to the right talent at the right time.”

The EV maker is planning a portfolio expansion to a four-vehicle range by 2025. In addition to the Ocean SUV, the four-vehicle lineup will include a super-sports sedan based on the Emotion concept, an extreme sports crossover and a new segment-changing lifestyle pickup truck. The company says each vehicle will be delivered utilising durability-tested platforms, battery packs and component systems from industry-leading technology suppliers and automotive firms, with specific Fisker engineering input.

Fisker Inc states its design and engineering teams are developing company specific IP and customer features, consistent with the Fisker brand. In creating its FF-PAD (Fisker Flexible – Platform Adaptive Design) development process, the company has enabled itself to be platform agnostic and intends to make the final selection on the platform for the Ocean shortly, consistent with the intended start of production, projected for Q4 2022.