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Fisker confirms electric ute! New pick-up to share SUV platform

Fisker has teased the first image of its incoming electric ute

Fisker might be yet to put its first set of wheels on the ground, but that hasn't stopped the EV company from showcasing its future product plans with the brand today confirming it is working on an electric ute that will share a platform with its new SUV.

Details are thin on the ground, but the news come directly from boss Henrik Fisker - or, more accurately, from his Twitter account.

Tweeting a picture of the truck's tailgate (with "Fisker" stamped along the back), the company's founder said "All automotive segments have to be electrified! After our Fisker electric SUV, we have already decided on our next two EVs on the same platform!"

Given we haven't actuality seen a final version of that SUV yet, you're right to assume the level of detail on the ute leaves a little to be desired. But we do have high hopes for the truck making it to Australia, with Fisker already confirming the SUV will be sold here.

Given that vehicle will be produced in right-hand drive, and the size of our ute market, you'd have to say it's a safe bet that the EV pick-up truck will make its way Down Under, too.

The brand's SUV is scheduled to hit the road in the second half of 2021, and is expected to land in Australia either late that year or early the next.

While it is yet to talk pricing on the ute, it has said its SUV will start at below US$40,00, and deliver a circa-480km driving range thanks to an 80kWh lithium-ion

Full specs on the SUV are yet to be revealed, Fisker is promising a full suite of high-tech safety features, as well as a grille designed to flow cooling air onto the batteries.

If the Fisker ute does arrive in Australia, it won't have the market all to itself. Fellow EV truck maker Rivian has confirmed a local launch, too.

The Rivian R1T is an EV beast; powered by a quad-motor system that delivers 147kW to each wheel, and a staggering 14,000Nm in total torque, Rivian says its truck (and SUV sibling) can clip 160km/h in just 7.0 seconds.

"Yes we will have an Australian launch. And I can’t wait to come back to Australia and show this to all of those beautiful people," Rivian's chief engineer, Brian Gase, told CarsGuide.