U.S. startup Fisker Inc (FSR.N) unveiled electric sport utility vehicles on Wednesday and claimed they would have higher driving ranges than Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) Model Y vehicles, APA reports quoting Reuters.
With production of its Ocean electric SUVs planned for next November, Fisker is set to join peer Lucid Group Inc (LCID.O) in challenging Tesla's lead in battery technology.
Automakers and battery manufacturers are racing to ramp up production and develop advanced electric-vehicle batteries - key components of EVs whose demand is expected grow in the coming years.
Fisker said it has leveraged Chinese battery maker CATL's technology to achieve an estimated driving range of more than 350 miles per charge for its most expensive Ocean Extreme SUV, priced at $68,999, and 340 miles for its Ocean Ultra, which is priced at $49,999.
In comparison, Tesla's Model Y Long Range has a driving range of 330 miles and is priced at $58,990.
Fisker's two higher-range Ocean models will use nickel-based battery chemistry, while its most affordable version will use cheaper iron-based chemistry. Fisker said the base Ocean Sport model will be priced at $37,499 and achieve a driving range of 250 miles per charge.