Thursday, September 16, 2021
News The Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury SUV Will Get A California Mode

The Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury SUV Will Get A California Mode

The “California Mode” on the Fisker Ocean required some serious thinking.

  • Sounds simple enough: Nine glass windows/panels open with one touch.
  • The reality is that Fisker Engineering had to redesign the traditional body structure.
  • California Mode will standard on all Ocean trims except for the base.

What seemed like a simple  idea turned into a huge engineering undertaking which required tackling some serious challenges. In a nutshell, California Mode lowers/slides nine glass windows/panels which opens up the cabin to the outside world with one touch. It does add a small slice of utility as long objects can easily be placed through the rear hatch.

To allow all of these glass panels to slide, drop and disappear, Fisker’s engineering team needed to come up with clever ideas. If you think about it, windows in doors have a place in which to lower but rear-most side windows do not. Fisker had to patent the overall idea and come up with a new way to assemble parts of the body structure.

Once more, it doesn’t seem like all of this is necessary but water leakage, rear seatbelt mounting points as well a charge port for this EV all had to be rethought. The final result, from the provided images, looks very cool and oh-so California.

The aptly named California Mode will be a standard feature on all Fisker Ocean trims save for the most basic entry-level model.

Fisker Ocean – Fisker

Fisker Ocean California Mode – Fisker

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