Fisker unveiled a process for qualifying US-based reservation holders of the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV to retain access to the existing federal tax credit. The current $7,500 tax credit would be unavailable should Congress pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and President Biden signs the legislation into law.
Qualifying reservation holders in the United States are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit under existing law, but the proposed legislation, as currently drafted, would make the Fisker Ocean, built in Austria, ineligible. In addition, the bill also imposes a household income cap of $150,000 for single filers and $300,000 for couples filing jointly. However, Fisker believes customers may be able to retain eligibility for the full $7,500 credit for the 2022 tax year by converting their existing reservations into a binding sales contract for the purchase of the Fisker Ocean.
“Many of our reservation holders are looking forward to the tax advantages of purchasing an electric vehicle. Therefore, we acted swiftly and proactively to protect access to existing tax credits for qualifying Fisker Ocean buyers should the Inflation Reduction Act become law. We are focused on a clean future for all, so we are building the Fisker Ocean in one of the world’s most sustainable production facilities, Magna’s carbon-neutral factory in Graz, Austria,” Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said.
“Our reservation holders have given us a vote of confidence, with 5,000 recently committing $5,000 each to secure a Fisker Ocean One launch edition vehicle,” he added. “So, we need to do this work on their behalf to show that we have their best interests at heart.”
Fisker is not requesting additional payments from reservation holders but instead converting the existing $250 for the first reservation and $100 for the second reservation deposits to non-refundable orders. This ordering system remains in effect until The Inflation Reduction Act is passed and signed into law. At that time, this order process will close.
In the US, the Fisker Ocean starts at $37,499 in the base Sport. The Ultra trim retails for $49,999 and the top trim Extreme is priced at $68,999. The five-passenger SUV is designed and engineered in Manhattan Beach, California.
On August 3, 2022, Fisker reaffirmed its start of production date for November 17, 2022, and its 2023 production plans of 40,000-50,000 Fisker Ocean units, aligned with the company’s financial strategy and timeline. Fisker’s asset-light foundation offers scale benefits and speed to market while significantly reducing the complexities, risks, and fixed costs of a fully integrated approach. In addition, the company is focused on maintaining a sound liquidity profile and prudent capital structure.