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United in their vision for a more sustainable future of mobility, Fisker Inc. (NYSE: FSR) ("Fisker"), passionate creator of the world's most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions, and Bridgestone, a global leader in tires and rubber providing solutions for safe and sustainable mobility, are today announcing a new partnership. Fisker has selected Bridgestone as the exclusive tire partner for the much-anticipated Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV.
The Fisker Ocean will make its global debut at the upcoming 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, with production starting on November 17, 2022. The Fisker Ocean features extensive use of recycled materials, including a fully vegan interior, and will come with an optional photovoltaic solar roof. The Fisker Ocean will sit on custom-developed Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires for vehicles sold in Europe and select models sold in North America. The bespoke Potenza Sport tires deliver an optimal driving experience focused on ride comfort and handling stability, and are engineered for low rolling resistance, which conserves the Fisker Ocean’s battery energy by ensuring that less power is required to move the vehicle’s tires.

The custom-engineered tire marks one of the first times Bridgestone Potenza Sport – the company’s premium ultra-high-performance sports tire – has been combined with its revolutionary, sustainable ENLITEN Technology. On average, ENLITEN Technology reduces the rolling resistance of a tire by up to 30% and its weight by up to 20%.1 This equates to up to 2kg fewer raw material resources required to produce every tire – an environmental benefit from both a resources and final end-of-life stage management standpoint. The use of ENLITEN Technology is key in ensuring that the Ocean’s tires have low rolling resistance, while Potenza Sport’s sporty pattern provides a dynamic and stable driving experience.

Bridgestone will also supply custom-designed Alenza Sport all season tires for Fisker Ocean models sold in North America. The Alenza Sport tires are engineered with a next-generation compound that provides enhanced dry braking, wet handling and improved rolling resistance to help drivers unlock the Fisker Ocean’s full performance capabilities.
The Fisker Ocean’s custom-made Bridgestone tires will benefit from Bridgestone’s ground-breaking Virtual Tire Development technology, which enables the accurate prediction of a tire’s performance without producing and physically driving it for the first part of the development process. Making tire development more sustainable, efficient, accurate and flexible, Virtual Tire Development cuts raw material consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 60% and reduces product development time and speed to market by up to 50%. The planned use of the technology in this project supports the Fisker Ocean’s ambitions to be the world’s most sustainable vehicle and will help to accelerate the project’s development time.

Breaking down barriers to the electric future
In its search for the right tire, Fisker identified Bridgestone as a strong partner with a like-minded approach to sustainability that is investing across its entire value chain, from R&D and product development, to manufacturing and retail, to lessen its environmental impact. For example, Bridgestone recently announced that 100% of electricity consumed at its European locations, including its European R&D Centre in Italy where the Fisker Ocean’s tires were developed and its Poznan plant in Poland where they will be produced, comes from renewable sources; similarly, the Fisker Ocean will be manufactured in Graz, Austria at Magna Steyr’s CO2 neutral facility.

In Bridgestone, Fisker has a partner that is transforming its business to support the adoption of EVs. By pioneering premium tires, tire technologies and dedicated fleet and mobility solutions for EVs, and developing an EV-ready retail and service network, Bridgestone is investing to make electric mobility more efficient and accessible to all drivers. Fisker has similar ambitions with the Ocean set to enter the U.S. market at a starting recommended price of $37,499 (excluding EV-related subsidies) and below €32,000 in Germany (including taxes and EV-related subsidies).
Prototype testing of the Fisker Ocean will start during Q4 2021. The custom-engineered Bridgestone tires will be available in two tire sizes: 255/50 R20 & 255/45 R22. The 22" tire will be tuned to create a sportier handling balance, consistent with the elevated performance requirements of the higher power versions of the Fisker Ocean.
“At Bridgestone, we see EVs as a huge opportunity to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and make mobility more environmentally sustainable,” said Laurent Dartoux, President and CEO, Bridgestone EMIA. “But there are still many barriers to overcome before a fully electric future can be realized, and Fisker – like Bridgestone – is working to break those barriers down. Not only making EVs more accessible, Fisker is built from the ground up with a strong sustainability agenda that we wholeheartedly support. It’s brilliant to unite our shared ambitions and work together to achieve them.”

"We are thrilled to work with Bridgestone, a global leader in tires and sustainable mobility, who shares our values and designed premium tires that are the perfect match for the Fisker Ocean," said Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO of Fisker. "We have the ambition to make the most sustainable SUV featuring class-leading ride, handling, and range, and Bridgestone will play a key role in achieving this goal. We look forward to continuing to work closely together, collaborating on performance engineering and the technical development of the tires.”
*1 Based on Bridgestone internal data comparing Bridgestone premium summer tires with and without ENLITEN Technology in the same tire size (92Y 225/40R18 XL). Fisker will only take the R20 and R22 tire sizes.

Source: Press Release Details (bridgestoneamericas.com)

Press Release for Alenza tire: Press Release Details (bridgestoneamericas.com)
 

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I like the rims in the ad. I can't decide between the F3 and F5. I listed F3 on my pre-order. Mariana Blue w MaliBlu Interior.
Thjat's mine too.
Solar Orange coming available will be tough to turn away from though.
But then what? Now I have to lobby for the unpopular (in my house) Sea Salt?
 

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Thjat's mine too.
Solar Orange coming available will be tough to turn away from though.
But then what? Now I have to lobby for the unpopular (in my house) Sea Salt?
Mariana w/ MaliBlu here. I was suitably reminded by my wife that Sea Salt will most likely be harder to keep clean. Personally, I like it best for looks.

Back to the thread, I think that the major tire manufacturers are finally coming out with more efficient/EV tires. The new Michelin EV tires would be interesting to look at. But as far as what Fisker provides as their OEM, it's not that big a deal to me. The one in the article seems like a good choice.
 

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Mariana w/ MaliBlu here. I was suitably reminded by my wife that Sea Salt will most likely be harder to keep clean. Personally, I like it best for looks.

Back to the thread, I think that the major tire manufacturers are finally coming out with more efficient/EV tires. The new Michelin EV tires would be interesting to look at. But as far as what Fisker provides as their OEM, it's not that big a deal to me. The one in the article seems like a good choice.
Ha! We got the exact same setup as you @MTN Ranger! Mariana Blue with MaliBlu interior but the black F5 wheels.
However, does anyone know the name of the rims shown on the orange ocean in the image above? Obviously they are not available as an option right now but has anyone heard if they may become available before deliveries of the ONE take place? Love to know what they are called or when they might be available.
 

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the major tire manufacturers are finally coming out with more efficient/EV tires.
Great News!
A little-known fact is that tires represent 30% of the energy consumption of a vehicle.

Here's the new Pirelli Elect EV specific tires
 
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Bridgestone definitely has experience in the LRR tires. Back at launch of the BMW i3, they were selected as the LRR tire of choice for their cars. However, a lot of people were too turned off by the super thin “bicycle” look of the tires they chose (super thin to get max mileage). And then they never offered a winter version so you were kind of up the creek on the i3 for the longest time.

Anyhow, this is supposedly a new design, so I hope it is better than my experience with Bridgestones on my other cars. They have (hopefully had) a tendency to have really hard stiff sidewalls. While the grip and rain control was great, the stiff sidewall made tramlining a real issue, enough where I had to change tires to Continentals.

I once had a brand new set of Bridgestones for my Jag Vanden Plas and I’m driving down the road like 20 mph and heard and felt this POW! Then I started to hear a weird ka-thunk-a-thunk sound. I got home and looked around the car and all the tires appeared “not flat”. I keep inspecting and then see this freakin 1/2” J-bolt sticking out of the front wheel! :oops: I hit it just right where it punctured a brand new🤬 tire! But the sidewall was so stiff that it was holding up the car! The Continentals have a much more forgiving softer sidewall and huge difference in not feeling ruts.

Well this is supposed to be a new tire design for the Ocean so I will hope for the best
 

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I wish they had gone with Michelin.
If you are concerned about the tires, you should consider going with the 20" wheels. Tirerack has 42 different tires in 255/50R20 XL vs only 1 option in 255/45R22. There are also plenty of options in 255/55R20 that would have the same circumference of the 22" wheels. (Although if the Fisker sells well, there will be plenty more options in the 22" in a few years.)
 

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If you are concerned about the tires, you should consider going with the 20" wheels. Tirerack has 42 different tires in 255/50R20 XL vs only 1 option in 255/45R22. There are also plenty of options in 255/55R20 that would have the same circumference of the 22" wheels. (Although if the Fisker sells well, there will be plenty more options in the 22" in a few years.)
None of the 20's really stir my soul. :(
 

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Did I miss something? That sounds plural. I only see one 20" on the configurator and it's black.
Did you miss all the options for the 20"? ;) They show 2 but it is the same wheel, just with and without the aero cover.

Wheel Automotive tire Bicycle part Alloy wheel Hubcap
 
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Great news about the two Bridgestone tires SPECIFICALLY designed
for the Fisker Ocean models:

20" tire: Low Rolling Resistance to maximize driving range
Perfect for Sport model with it's smaller LPF battery

22" tire: optimized for the best handling and grip and cornering in this classy BEV
 

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Henrik on the tires for the 20" vs 22" wheels:
Thank you for the image. I had saw him make that quote and I was scouring the internet for it for a different thread but couldn't find it. It's now saved to my computer if it comes up again. The press kit has similar info:

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Low Resistance 255/ 50 R20
High Performance 255/ 45 R22
 
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Here is the one 22" 255/45-R22 on Tire Rack. A bit on the expensive side. Hopefully more competition will be coming.

Wheel Tire Automotive tire Tread Synthetic rubber



Interesting, when I plug in the 20" and 22" tires into a tire/wheel comparison calculator here are the results. So when the Fisker configurator show slightly different ride heights when switching between the 20" and 22" is probably accurate. To get the 20" tire/wheel combo equal the 21", the sidewall would need to be 55. I'm surprised they didn't go for that size for the 20" tire.

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