Brace yourself because the Fisker PEAR is shaping up to be a real peach. The five-passenger electric vehicle is designed to shock and awe—some people might even hate it—but it will stand out on the street, says Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker.
PEAR is short for “Personal Electric Automotive Revolution.” The name is likely to stick through to 2024 when the EV is slated to go on sale, Henrik tells MotorTrend. “It’s a fun name, kinda cool,” he says. “I think we’re going to stick with that.”
The PEAR will start under $30,000 and will be built by Foxconn, the Taiwanese tech company known for building iPhones. Assembly of the PEAR will take place at a plant in Ohio that Foxconn is buying from Lordstown Motors in a deal that should close in April 2022.
So What Is the PEAR?
It will be Fisker’s second electric vehicle after the 2023 Fisker Ocean SUV that goes on sale in November 2022. The PEAR will be smaller than the Ocean and was designed to appeal to younger buyers. We’ve rendered it here as, well, a pear on wheels, but that’s because so far, we’ve got nothing else to go on.
Don’t expect the PEAR to be conventional. In fact, Henrik won’t even say what body style it is. One clue: the CEO says Fisker did not start the program by wanting to do a car. “We looked at young people living in mega cities and we developed user scenarios of what they are doing to come up with a mobility solution for them.”
“We haven’t said what type of vehicle it will be, but it will be super radical, super unique,” Henrik says. A former designer himself, Henrik has signed off on the exterior design and the interior design concept. But Fisker won’t show the vehicle until the last minute “because it is so different and we don’t want to give it away.” It will likely be unveiled at the end of 2023, just before it goes on sale in 2024.
“It’s going to look good but it’s going to look ultra, ultra modern,” says Henrik. “It definitely looks completely different from anything else that you have seen. My aim was to create a vehicle that really could be recognizable easily and stand out from any other vehicles in the segment.” He is hoping the PEAR joins the likes of the Volkswagen Beetle, first Mini Cooper, and original Ford Mustang that were so distinctive when they came out.
The PEAR could be polarizing because it does not follow the norm, he admits. It does not have a traditional trunk or hatch opening. “It doesn’t have a door opening like traditional SUVs have. It’s a new way of putting things into your vehicle. We came up with that based on user scenarios and tight parking spaces and how young people work and where they live and what they do.”
“That makes this vehicle extremely different,” the CEO says. “It doesn’t look like any other vehicle. I think it will be a real segment buster because it doesn’t fit exactly in the segment and it doesn’t have dimensions that you could identify today on a particular vehicle. The dimensions are a little odd. It’s different.”
“We are doing something that is much more risky, that you probably need to get used to. And some people may not even like it. It’s going to be way too strange for them, too futuristic. But I don’t believe in doing strange things just to make it strange and then it becomes ugly. If you do something different it still has to have a sense of beauty in it,” says the man who designed stunning vehicles for BMW and Aston Martin earlier in his career. “That’s what we are really trying to do with this vehicle.”
“It’s a real fun project because it’s got a lot of innovative features that nobody has done in a production vehicle before.”
With styling done, the PEAR is now in the engineering phase, Henrik says. Fisker will work with Foxconn in two strategic areas. The first is to improve manufacturing efficiency, taking advantage of the fact an electric vehicle should be quicker and easier to assemble than one with a combustion engine.
The second area is to take advantage of Foxconn’s tech supply chain as cars increasingly become tech devices. Henrik wants to lower cost by tapping into Foxconn suppliers and build on the relationship that started with their partnership to supply the high-resolution, 17.1-inch rotating touchscreen in the Ocean. “So we’re already in the weeds with Foxconn.”
The Ocean and PEAR are the first of four electric vehicles arriving from Fisker by 2025. The first two are on different platforms. Henrik is mum on which platform the next two will use, but the Magna-derived underpinnings of the Ocean make the most sense
All subsequent vehicles, regardless of platform or body style, will re-use a lot of the parts from the Ocean, Henrik says, citing the example of door handles with volume in the millions for four models.
And we expect the PEAR to share the Ocean’s rotating screen, where you push a button to change it from portrait to landscape mode to watch a movie while parked and charging. “That will be a signature of Fisker.”
Fisker plans to make 250,000 PEARs annually once the Lordstown plant is fully ramped up. The PEAR is expected to have its own production line at the 6.2-million-square-foot facility. Foxconn will also be making the Lordstown Endurance electric pickup truck there, provided that truck actually becomes a thing.
Foxconn is hiring lot of experienced manufacturing people and Henrik thinks they will get up to speed, noting there is still lots of time.
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