Fisker, the American electric vehicle manufacturer, has given the green light for the design and engineering of its forthcoming entry-level electric vehicle, dubbed the Pear. Set to enter production on both sides of the Atlantic, Fisker aims to introduce the six-seat hatchback to the market by 2025.
Following the successful debut of its Ocean SUV in the UK, the Pear represents Fisker's second production model, promising to offer consumers a compelling mix of affordability and sustainability. Priced at a targeted £28,000 in Britain, the Pear is strategically positioned to provide an appealing alternative to similarly sized crossovers and popular contenders from lower segments, including mainstream models from Peugeot, Vauxhall, and Nissan.
With a strong emphasis on cost-effectiveness, the Pear seeks to disrupt the electric vehicle market by delivering exceptional value without compromising quality or performance. CEO Henrik Fisker highlighted the significance of the Pear's bespoke architecture, distinguishing it from competitors and enabling Fisker to deliver a high-quality product at an accessible price point.
“When we started the Pear, I told the engineers to take out 25 per cent of all parts. Just eliminate them. Find a way. It was excruciating. We had meetings every second day for many months, and they were able to take out 35 per cent of all parts in the car,” Fisker stated in an interview with Autocar.
The entry-level crossover will offer customers various powertrain options tailored to different preferences. Featuring two battery choices, drivers can select either a lighter, more sustainable version with an estimated range of 180 miles or opt for the long-range model boasting an impressive 320-mile range. Additionally, the Pear will be available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, providing adaptability for diverse driving conditions.
Anticipated to achieve a base 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.3 seconds, the Pear aims to cater to enthusiasts seeking enhanced performance. Moreover, a high-performance Pear Extreme model is slated for release at a later stage. Irrespective of the chosen configuration, the Pear will come equipped with standard 20-inch wheels fitted with low rolling resistance tires, with the option to upgrade to 22-inch wheels equipped with high-performance tires for improved grip and handling.
Engineered to feature a robust interior with a construction devoid of delicate moving parts, the Pear's cabin reflects Fisker's commitment to sustainability. Incorporating recycled and bio-based materials, the firm aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2027.
First test prototypes of the Pear are expected to undergo road testing later this year, with the first customer deliveries scheduled for the “very end” of 2025. “We're not launching any vehicle from Fisker unless we have at least four unique features. If I was just making another electric car that was the size of a Volkswagen Polo, you could forget me, because why would you buy this car,” Fisker emphasized.