Henrik Fisker is relevant once again

It’s been years since we wrote about Danish born electric vehicle automaker Henrik Fisker, but he is making headlines this week with two big announcements from his new company, Fisker Inc.

Fisker Ocean

1 –  The company revealed that reservations for the Ocean have hit 12,000 since the model was announced in late 2020. This three row, electric SUV is being built by Canada’s own Magna International and is slated for delivery in late 2022.

2 –  Fisker is also teaming up with electronics manufacturer juggernaut Foxconn on their next model.

Foxconn is most famous as the assembler of Apple’s iPhone. This news created quite a buzz on the markets with Fisker stock rising by 30% by end of week. Time will tell if these new models can actually compete with the established EV makers.  With so many companies entering the global EV market with a range of innovative products it looks like we’re heading into an EV renaissance.

How Steve Jobs drove without a license plate

Last week while on vacation I read Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs. There is no arguing Steve Jobs was one of the best businessmen of the modern era and he may just be the best one ever having started Apple in his garage and then leading it to become the most valuable company in the world. However, one thing he did was very strange and that was never putting a license plate on his cars.  Yes, especially weird for a car guy of which he was to some degree.  For years, Steve Jobs had the following routine which he got away with legally thanks to a California loophole.

He would trade his current ride of the day, most often a Mercedes coupe for a similar car on the sixth month of his lease. Under California’s temporary license plate law drivers are allowed to have a temporary license plate for six months. Nobody really knows the reason Steve Jobs did this, but obviously he had his reasons. One key observation about this scenario is he must have had a very accommodating leasing company. The whole thing is extraordinary for someone who was worth $11 billion at the time of his death.

Steve Jobs' car  Photo source: abc News

Steve Jobs’ car
Photo source: abc News