Fisker Ocean to use old fishing nets for cabin materials

Fisker Ocean

Today and yesterday, news media were reporting on new announcements about Fisker’s groundbreaking SUV, the Ocean, which will go on show at the CES 2020 conference this week.


The sticker price of the Ocean has been roughly available for a while now, and is estimated at about $37,000, although insiders report available tax credits drop that price to just under $30,000.


What’s really interesting a lot of potential buyers, though, is the sustainability of the design.


One of the newest details, reported by Stephen Ewing at CNet’s RoadShow, is the that the Ocean will have a solar roof, which will allow for active electrical charging without going through an electrical grid that people across the spectrum of climate science positions all tend to agree is rather dirty.


With a thousand-mile range in good weather, the solar roof is going to reinvent how Americans power up on the road.


But that’s just the start – press reports show that Fisker is going to create some pretty unusual interior materials. The company says it will utilize discarded rubber waste generated during tire manufacturing to outfit the sustainable SUV.


Then there’s this detail reported by Ronan Glon at Yahoo! Lifestyle:


“We haven’t seen the full interior yet,” Glon writes, “though we know it’s made using sustainable materials like discarded fishing nets. There’s also a California mode which lowers the six side windows, drops the rear window …and opens the sunroof at the push of a button to let the breeze in.”


The company refers to a line of “eco-suede” products that will use these sorts of found materials to create luxurious cabin spaces and seating.


It’s a bold plan that’s getting a lot of attention in financial news this week.


Look for more as this new electric car design develops further.