Fisker Inc. (NYSE: FSR) (“Fisker”), driven by a mission to create the world’s most emotional and sustainable electric vehicles, announced it will commence its first over-the-air (OTA) software update of 2024 for the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV next week.
The Ocean OS 2.0 OTA update includes performance and powertrain improvements, enhancements for SolarSky, improved energy management, and other user experience improvements. The update will be available to owners in all of Fisker’s launch markets in North America and Europe. Starting next week and continuing through February, the company expects to make Ocean OS 2.0 available to owners via a sequence of three OTA updates. This progressive OTA update follows update Version 1.11 which was released in December 2023. Additional OTA updates are planned throughout 2024.
“Our over-the-air software update strategy has shown the Fisker Ocean is a true connected car. Ocean OS 2.0 is a progressive update that demonstrates we can adapt and improve performance, energy management, and other key features in the Ocean,“ Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said. “We’ll continue to activate new features on a regular cadence, use driver feedback to fix software bugs and improve features, and keep delivering on the promise to make your Ocean smarter, more capable, and perform better over the lifetime of the vehicle.“
Ocean OS 2.0 contains the following updates:
- Revised Front / Rear Torque split: In the Fisker Ocean’s dual-motor All-wheel Drive powertrain models (One, Extreme, and Ultra), the power distribution ratio between front and rear wheels is changed from 50:50 to 45:55. This update improves traction and handling performance, making the Ocean even more sporty and dynamic in both Fun and Hyper drive modes.
- Automatic Vehicle Hold: Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH) replaces the Ocean’s existing Hill Hold feature, increasing vehicle hold time to improve driver ease and comfort. AVH activates brakes when the vehicle is stationary, and only releases brakes when the driver presses the accelerator pedal to begin moving the vehicle. This improvement was driven by customer feedback: the existing Hill Hold was designed to maintain brake pressure for approx. 2 seconds, and AVH now maintains brake pressure until driver is ready to move vehicle.
- SolarSky upgrade: On Extreme and One trims, a new SolarSky energy meter in the Charging/Energy menu on the Central Touchscreen shows how much solar charging is being delivered to the vehicle.
- Trailer Sway Mitigation: This stability control system feature counters trailer sway, making towing safer and more relaxed.
- Brake Disc Wiping: In wet weather, the braking system automatically and imperceptibly clears water from brake disc surfaces, to improve braking response.
- Standby Time controls: Standby Time controls on the Central Touchscreen allow drivers to adjust the amount of time the infotainment system stays in standby mode, reducing battery usage and increasing vehicle range. Drivers may experience longer vehicle boot-up time when Standby Time is reduced, in order to benefit from this reduced power consumption.
- Driver Profiles: Multiple drivers can save their preferences, privacy, and comfort settings in their own user profiles, including climate control and audio settings.
- Improved energy management and power retention
- Reduction in state of charge (SoC) loss while parked
- Calibration changes in cabin heating and cooling to improve defogging
- Improved heating/cooling performance in Earth Mode
- OTA updates able to be installed while vehicle is plugged in (note: charging pauses during software update).
- Revised audio tuning for improved bass response on Extreme/One
- Key fob performance enhancements, to improve response
- Improved accuracy in trip metering
- Improved accuracy in energy consumption metering
The company plans to continue its robust approach to software updates, using a staged roll-out plan to implement customer feedback from previous releases and to thoroughly test the OTA pipeline.
The Ocean Extreme has an EPA range of 360 mi 1, which is the longest range of any new electric SUV in its class in the US 2, and a WLTP range of 707 km /439 UK miles 3, which is the longest range of any electric SUV sold in Europe today. The Fisker Ocean has the lowest published carbon footprint of any electric SUV, uses over 110 lbs. of recycled and bio-based materials, is built at a carbon-neutral facility, and integrates rooftop solar panels, adding up to 1,500 miles / 2,400 km a year of range 4.
1 EPA estimated range. Mid-size SUVs. Measurements conducted with standard 20” wheels. Actual results may vary for many reasons, including driving conditions, wheel size, state of battery charge, and how the vehicle is driven and maintained.
2 Mid-size SUVs in comparable price segment.
3 This WLTP range number applies to Fisker’s European markets. WLTP measurements conducted with standard 20” wheels. Actual range will vary with conditions such as external environment, vehicle configuration, wheel size and vehicle use.
4 Based on Fisker simulations. Ideal conditions assume solar irradiation of 5.4 kWh/m2/day and steady commuter driving. Actual results vary with conditions such as external environment and vehicle use