Fisker announces an affordable SUV rival for the Tesla Model Y

The manufacturer responsible for the Fisker Karma will build an all-electric SUV from 2021, priced at $40,000

American EV manufacturer Fisker has announced it will build a rival for the Tesla Model Y in late 2021, priced from $40,000. The new SUV forms part of Fisker’s three-pronged offensive on the all-electric market, with two more affordable EVs planned for the near future.

Fisker’s new SUV will be driven by two electric motors (one for the front axle and one for the rear), fed by an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The firm anticipates a range of around 300 miles, placing the car in line with Tesla’s expectations for the upcoming Model Y.

• New all-electric Fisker EMotion revealed at CES

Details on the SUV’s design are sparse, with further information expected to appear at the end of the year alongside a driveable prototype. For now, confirmed features include a grille-mounted radar, optional 22-inch wheels and the vaguely-named ‘extended open-air atmosphere’, which could be either a panoramic glass roof or a retractable soft-top.

Before its new SUV goes on sale, Fisker will release the EMotion. First unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the limited-edition all-electric saloon will reach the US market in 2020, with a price tag of $129,000 (£95,000).

The EMotion will be the first Fisker to be powered by the firm’s patented solid-state battery technology, which promises increased energy density, a range of 500 miles and charge times of only 60 seconds. It will act as a rival to the Tesla Model S, with a claimed power figure of 769bhp and a 0-60mph time of around three seconds.

With its new SUV and saloon, as well as a third yet-to-be-confirmed model, Fisker aims to be one of the first manufacturers to deliver a range of affordable, desirable all-electric vehicles. The company will begin accepting deposits for its upcoming SUV closer to its launch date in 2021.

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