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Cox Automotive and Rivus to support EV brand Fisker's UK expansion

US car brand Fisker is planning to launch a fully electric SUV in the UK by 2023, with aftersales and logistical support from Cox Automotive and Rivus.

In a similar model to that of Polestar, the electric car will be sold directly to consumers via online channels.

The brand is planning to open a ‘consumer experience centre’ in London in 2022 to showcase the new Ocean model.

Cox and Rivus have been appointed to provide outsourced solutions for vehicle delivery, service / maintenance, fleet management, mobile fleet servicing, valuation, trade-in, refurbishment and remarketing.

When it arrives in the UK, the Ocean is said to offer a ‘class-leading’ range and promises to be the world’s most sustainable vehicle.

There are few details of the car’s specification, but it is expected to offer seven seats and be available in rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Fisker chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said: “With recent UK government announcements related to electric vehicles, we believe Fisker will be well placed and well timed to make significant progress in this important market, supported by Cox and Rivus as essential delivery partners.”

The Ocean will be assembled by Magna in Europe with a projected launch in Q4 2022.

Martin Forbes, president of Cox Automotive International, said: “Fisker will be an exciting addition to the UK market and will be able to take advantage of the full range of physical and digital services we have to support vehicle manufacturers.

“Our aim is to provide customers with the solutions needed to adapt to this fast-changing marketplace and, following the acquisition of CWL Limited this year, we have been investing heavily in our vehicle services and EV infrastructure to meet the expected growth in EV registrations.”

Rivus managing director Michael Scheidler added: “By owning a network of garages across the UK, Rivus is able to provide the flexibility, scale and quality control that meets the needs of Fisker and their ambitions for the future. We’re already equipped to handle electric vehicles and news of us joining forces with Fisker has created a real buzz within the business. Our customer service operation and vehicle technicians are experts in supporting vehicles of this type – so Fisker customers can always be confident of a great experience from Rivus Fleet Solutions.”

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