Fisker Inc selects Hyderabad as India base

by Nilesh Wadhwa 12 Apr 2022


Everything is official about it. Three-years after Autocar Professional first broke the news about Fisker Inc, looking to tap the Indian talent base for setting up its tech centre, the company has announced that it has established its India headquarters in Hyderabad.

The EV maker has named its entity in the country as 'Fisker Vigyan India', which will focus on software development and embedded electronics, virtual vehicle development support functions, data analytics, and machine learning. The Hyderabad office will work alongside the Fisker engineering and product development facilities in California, USA.

Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO, Fisker Inc said, "Our expansion into India represents both a strategic market opportunity and a significant boost to our global engineering capabilities. We have already started local hiring in India and expect our new team in Hyderabad to be fully operational and engaged on multiple product programs within weeks. Our talent pool in India will help us pave the way for the launch of Fisker Ocean and Fisker PEAR in India. In the global race for leading technical talent, we see our new operation in Hyderabad as a major strategic advantage."

At present, the company has a global team of over 450 employees, with new hiring in US, Europe and India projected to boost that number to over 800 by the end-2022, with 200 potential jobs being created in India.

The EV maker has tied up with Tier 1 supplier Magna to produce its first product the Ocean SUV, which will commence production on November 17, 2022. The Fisker Ocean, in Sport trim level, will have an estimated range of 250 miles (EPA test cycle 402km) / 275 miles or 440 kilometers (WLTP test cycle) and a sustainable interior made from recycled materials. The Fisker Ocean Extreme will deliver up to an estimated range of 350 miles (EPA 563km) / 390 miles or 630 kilometers (WLTP). Fisker says it has worked extensively with battery supplier CATL, using two different chemistries, to maximise performance and minimise cost for the Fisker Ocean lineup.