Fisker has previously partnered with Bridgestone as the exclusive tire provider for the Fisker Ocean model. Now the partnership between the two parties is expanded with Bridgestone to provide after-sales service at select stores in France at 450 locations and 300 locations in Germany via Pitstop and A/B/S Autoservice.
Bridgestone is known as an international tire manufacturer and one of the world's largest rubber processors. The Japanese group is also known for its network of tire repair shops and dealers in the world.
This collaboration model is typical of Fisker with an asset-light strategy. Fisker may invest little in real estate and its own branches, but prefer to use a cooperative scheme.
Production of the Fisker Ocean is also not carried out at the Fisker plant, but at the Magna contract plant in Graz with the batteries supplied by CATL. The new Fisker Ocean was presented in mid-November.
“Our partnership with Bridgestone covers a wide range of areas of our business. The ability to leverage their extensive network to provide our own after-sales service will be critical to Fisker's long-term success.” said Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker.
Bridgestone sees this collaboration as part of supporting the adoption of electric vehicles through a fully integrated approach including the development of premium tires and technology for EVs.
Previously, Bridgestone had signed a charging agreement with energy provider Iberdrola for its workshop subsidiary in Spain, First Stop.