Extreme E in “advanced talks” with first manufacturer entry

American brand Fisker could become the first automaker to commit to the new series

Fisker Ocean

American brand Fisker is in advanced talks with Extreme E to become the first manufacturer to join the new series.

The Extreme E entry list is currently populated by professional racing teams and specialist electromobility companies, but should electric-vehicle specialist Fisker join the fray it would mark the first time an actual automotive manufacturer has committed to the series.

For the inaugural Extreme E campaign, all teams will run the ODYSSEY 21, a bespoke SUV-like vehicle produced by Spark Racing Technology and powered by a battery developed by the Williams Formula 1 team.

“We feel thrilled at the prospect of having Fisker Inc, a pure EV manufacturer, join Extreme E for the start of the first championship,” said Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.

“Creating the world’s most sustainable racing series is the perfect launch platform for their new Ocean SUV as well as providing a challenging testing environment for product durability.”

Californian brand Fisker, founded by former BMW designer Henrik Fisker, is currently developing an all-electric sedan called the EMotion, which will have a 400-mile range, and an SUV dubbed the Ocean (pictured above).

Fisker originally produced the range-extended electric luxury Karma sports sedan between 2011 and ’12.

The company was relaunched in 2016, dropping ‘Automotive’ from it’s name, and set about planning a range of mass-market all-electric vehicles and autonomous transportation solutions.

“Alejandro brought electric vehicle racing into the mainstream with Formula E and I fully support his vision to reinvent off-road racing at the same time as creating an education platform for the threats posed by climate change,” said Fisker.

“Extreme E and Fisker Inc. are completely aligned in our mission and values.”

Should Fisker join Extreme E, it will follow in the footsteps of fellow electric-only brand Venturi, which was the first manufacturer – and team – to sign up for Formula E.

Venturi has since been joined by a raft of OEMs in the single-seater series.

Words:Dominik Wilde