Fisker looking to beat Tesla to the punch with swappable battery tech coming to Ocean SUV
According to Fiskerati, Fisker, maker of the long-legged Ocean SUV and upcoming Pear EV, has announced a partnership to create Ocean SUVs for business and fleet customers. Fisker hopes that implementing Ample's swappable battery tech in Fisker vehicles will reduce the ownership and operations costs for its business customers. Fisker states that the initial target market is the fleet and business segment, but the company aims to bring the technology to a wider market at a later stage. Fisker already has a number of fleet customers, specifically with ride-hailing companies, and it hopes to make its vehicles more flexible by partnering with Ample.
Battery swapping is often touted as a solution for long charging times, with Ample claiming that its automated swaps take about as long as refuelling with gasoline, and that its energy comes from renewable sources. The improved speed could make electrification much more feasible for various applications. Fisker isn't the first company to tease battery swap technology for consumer markets. In fact, Shanghai-based NIO announced earlier this year that the swap stations in its network could replace an empty pack with a fully-charged one in as little as three minutes.
Back in 2013, Tesla demonstrated an automated battery swap on the Model S, but has yet to deliver on its promised swappable battery platform, seemingly having given up on the tech entirely. Instead, Tesla has been focussing on charging infrastructure, touting it as a major advantage over its competition. It seems as though Fisker might be among the first to offer similar tech in the US and Europe, potentially opening up the EV market to many buyers who are still concerned about range anxiety and charging times.