Fisker Ocean Boost Mode Limited To 500 Launches

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2024 Fisker Ocean

While the Fisker Ocean may not look like a high-performance electric vehicle, the small electric SUV is available with up to 564 horsepower and can get to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. With that kind of power and performance, drivers are going to want to experience the SUV's strong acceleration. The question is, how many times? Apparently, Fisker believes that 500 times is more than enough over the vehicle's lifespan, as the automaker has a digital limit in place on how many times the Ocean's performance feature can be used.

Last August, MotorTrend found that the Fisker Ocean’s Boost Mode, which is a high-performance setting that “provides a burst of maximum acceleration while in Hyper drive mode” is limited to 500 uses. At the time, Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker said that the decision to limit Boose Mode to 500 uses is because of “a warranty thing.” Fisker believes that more than 500 uses would open up the Ocean SUV to extra wear and tear and drivers may not even use all 500 uses anyway.

"We are seeing how people are going to use the Boost Mode," Fisker told MotorTrend at the Ocean's launch event last year. "Is it something people really want? Because most likely, they'll try it 10 times and then they probably won't do it much more—except if they have a friend out and they want to show off."

2024 Fisker Ocean Rear

In a recent video for Auto Focus, Marques Brownlee highlighted the Ocean’s Boost Mode, calling it a “weird thing I’ve never seen in a car before.” It is peculiar, and as far as we know, this is the first time an automaker has actually included a counter for the number of times a vehicle’s launch mode feature can be used over its lifetime.

Launch control is a feature that’s known to be incredibly harsh on a vehicle’s components. It puts the vehicle’s engine, transmission, and traction control system in the sportiest settings available to get the quickest acceleration possible off the line. This setting can dramatically increase wear and stress on the car’s priciest components. Doing it too many times in a gas-powered car could result in a damaged transmission. We’re sure it’s a similar situation for an EV's electric motors and battery pack.

Speaking with MotorTrend in regard to hypothetical situations, Fisker said, "If it's something like, for example, giving extra horsepower, it's not just that you switch it on. It's also that there is a certain change in the durability of the vehicle now. Even a gasoline engine. If you tune up a gasoline engine, it's not going to last as long as if you didn't. So the warranty will change. Part of charging for that is because you may need to service a vehicle and give some warranty on it because somebody's using it a lot."

2024 Fisker Ocean Dashboard

The outlet asked Fisker about testing it had conducted to get to 500 being the maximum number of launches for the Ocean and whether that was due to specific components in the vehicle. The automaker didn’t provide a clear answer, but stated, "The 500 activations are not based on limitations of any specific component. The number is more a conservative limit benchmarked against other Boost Modes. We estimate the powertrain would likely pass more Boost Mode usage, but we have not tested the full durability cycle with more than 500 Boost Modes included."

While Brownlee with Auto Focus is clearly perplexed about Fisker limiting customers to only 500 launches with the Ocean, MotorTrend claims that Fisker can provide owners with more launches if they ask. We’re not sure what that process would like look or how it will affect the Ocean’s warranty, but it is possible. Fisker could increase the number of launches in Boost Mode through a subscription service or an over-the-air software update for shoppers who request it.

We'll have to see if this becomes a point of contention for Ocean owners and how Fisker responds to the situation now that it's getting some traction on social media.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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