Understanding Fisker Ocean’s Cargo Space

We explain the cargo space of the Fisker Ocean, considering items such as groceries, sports equipment, and luggage for a road trip that may be placed in the electric SUV’s trunk.

Fisker Ocean trunk space with plenty of capacity for all your gear.

Today, we aim to provide a better understanding of the cargo capacity in the Fisker Ocean. Whether you’re going grocery shopping, playing sports over the weekend, or headed on vacation, we’ve got you covered. As you may know, Fisker shared some info earlier this week about trunk space in their flagship electric vehicle. The company mentioned the size of the Ocean’s cargo area. However, that raised questions about the measurement unit used. In response to this, Fisker elaborated further on the cargo area, providing additional details.

Measuring Fisker Ocean Cargo Capacity

Initially, Fisker reported a cargo capacity of 425 liters, equivalent to 15 cubic feet. However, updated figures now show 812.1 liters or 28.7 cubic feet (EPA) and 476 liters or 16.8 cubic feet (using the GCIE standard). It’s worth noting that various methods are available to calculate the storage capacity of a vehicle. For instance, in North America, the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) employs the SAE J1100 standard, which measures in inches and cubic feet. This standard involves seven reference gauge blocks ranging in volume from 0.2 to 2.375 cubic feet and also sets a maximum number for each gauge block.

Other standards to measure cargo capacity include GCIE (Global Car Manufacturer’s Information Exchange Group), VDA 70020-1 (German Automobile Industry Association) or DIN (German Institute for Standardization) which employs a block system of five standard sizes: 1 liter, 4 liters, and 8 liters, stacked to avoid interfering with the opening or closing of the rear hatch or door. Additionally, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) uses the ISO 3832 standard.

Complexity of Vehicle Capacity Standards

The discussion of the complex standards and their derivation is beyond the scope of this article. Automakers can choose how they present a vehicle’s capacity numbers using these various standards, which creates difficulty for consumers due to the variability of the numbers. Moreover, these standards can have variations, further complicating matters. For instance, VDA has seven types, five of which are for five-seater vehicles like the Fisker Ocean:

  1. V211 represents the smallest trunk space for a five-seater model, and the loading height of the rear seat backrest (excluding headrest) takes precedence.
  2. V212 represents the maximum trunk space behind the folding rear seat backs of a five-seater model, and the loading height of the front seat backs (excluding headrests) takes precedence.
  3. V214 represents a five-seater model with folding rear seat backrests and a maximum loading height of the roof space.
  4. V215 represents a five-seater model without folding seat backs, and the loading height is the roof of the trunk space.
  5. V220 represents the smallest trunk space for a five-seater model, and the load height is subject to the trunk cover.

Fisker’s Three Volume Measurements

To illustrate the different volume measurements provided by Fisker for the Ocean, we will examine three photos highlighting specific areas in blue. The smallest volume is shown in Figure 1, which indicates the area between the subfloor cover and the cargo cover. This space measures 425 liters (15 cubic feet) and is equivalent to VDA type V220.

Moving on to Figure 2, the blue area extends from the bottom of the subfloor to the cargo cover, totaling 476 liters (16.8 cubic feet). This is equivalent to the GCIE standard.

Figure 3 highlights the largest volume of the trunk space, ranging from the bottom of the subfloor to the inside of the roof. This space measures 812.1 liters (28.7 cubic feet) and is equivalent to the SAE J1100 standard. The volume is not a problem for the Ocean, as filling the entire cargo area up to the roof will not obstruct the digital rearview mirror display. It’s also worth noting that Fisker measures the Ocean without the cargo cover or subfloor cover in place, which may explain why the measurement is higher than EPA’s, which also uses the SAE standard.

In summary, we can estimate the Fisker Ocean’s cargo capacity by using the three different volume measurements provided by Fisker. However, a more practical measurement is how many banana boxes the rear cargo area can accommodate, which appears to be a real-world measurement. There is certainly a lot of room for whatever you need to store in the rear of your Fisker Ocean. Please note that this article discusses the cargo area behind the rear seats, and we still do not know the total cargo area with the rear seats folded.

Fisker Ocean Cargo Space Exhibits

This guest blog post was written by MTN Ranger, a future Fisker Ocean One owner, Fisker shareholder, and contributor to All-Things Fisker.

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