US electric car start-up Fisker has confirmed that it plans to open a UK engineering centre, to be headed up by former Aston Martin exec David King.
Fisker Magic Works, as it will be called, is set to work on low-volume, rapid-development vehicle programmes and special versions of Fisker models – a similar brief to King’s previous work where he was in charge of Aston Martin Special Operations.
Fisker CEO and Chairman, Henrik Fisker said, “We are on full speed to deliver four distinct vehicle lines by 2025, driving innovation forward and pushing radical new ideas into the global car market.
“Fisker Magic Works provides us with an opportunity to create sustainable and fantastic vehicles outside the confines of established industry segments. Bringing on David King further strengthens our engineering and creative expertise, and I’ve already assigned him two exciting projects which will showcase our capability in highly specialised materials and technologies designed especially for the eco-conscious automotive enthusiast.”
David King commented: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to create a new engineering center dedicated to bringing amazing ideas to life. Having spent my career working on vehicles with high displacement gasoline engines, I am relishing working with the design and engineering freedom that electrification provides.”
Fisker is set to launch its first car, the Fisker Ocean, at next month’s LA motor show. The five-door all-electric model is built with sustainability in mind and comes with a vegan interior option and solar panels in the roof. Prices in the US start at $37,499 before any EV subsidies but plus taxes, with Fisker claiming a range of up to 350 miles.
UK sales of the Ocean are likely to start in 2023, initially through an all-inclusive subscription service via finance provider Onto. Fisker has also confirmed that the brand’s first UK experience centre will open in London.