With first vehicle ‘progressing at speed,’ Fisker to open technology center


Electric vehicle designer and manufacturer Fisker says its first dedicated engineering and technology center, to be located in the Mission District of San Francisco, will be the focal point and development center for the company’s software and vehicle electronics.

That includes in-car and Fisker data center elements.

The company’s chairman and chief executive officer Henrik Fisker said development of the company’s first vehicle is “progressing at speed,” and the company is scaling accordingly.

“We are now establishing the facilities that can support our expansion,” Fisker said in a news release.

Fisker continued, “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.”

The company is planning a portfolio expansion “to a four-vehicle range” by 2025. In addition to the Ocean SUV, the lineup will include a “super-sports sedan” based on the EMotion concept, an “extreme sports crossover,” and a new lifestyle pickup truck that the company describes as “segment-changing.”

Fisker says it will deliver each vehicle through the use of durability-tested platforms, battery packs and component systems from technology suppliers and automotive firms, and Fisker will provide specific engineering input.

Fisker’s design and engineering teams are developing Fisker-specific IP and customer features that it says are consistent with the Fisker brand. The company says its creation of its Fisker Flexible – Platform Adaptive Design, or FF-PAD, development process, has allowed it to be “platform-agnostic.” Consistent with the intended start of production, projected for the fourth quarter of 2022, Fisker says it plans to make the final selection on the platform for the Ocean soon.

Fisker’s recently appointed chief technology officer, Burkhard Huhnke, said the design and development of the software and vehicle interfaces will be “an important differentiator for all our products.” The new San Francisco facility will be key to that process, Huhnke said.

Huhnke added, “Having a presence in the Bay Area gives us access to the right talent at the right time.”

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