Fisker’s CEO: “I don’t want my free speech to be actively managed or controlled by a competitor”

Written by Cláudio Afonso |

Henrik Fisker, CEO of the electric vehicle maker Fisker, deleted his Twitter account on Monday shortly after the company confirmed the deal with Elon Musk. Before deleting his profile, Henrik tweeted: “Please follow me on IG (Instagram) from now on if you want any updates. Thanks.”

On Tuesday, Henrik spoke about it for the first time saying he doesn’t want his free speech “to be actively managed or controlled by a competitor” referring to Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. The ex-Tesla employee also mentioned that Musk would be able to “determine how the followers experience” the company.

I believe 100% in free speech. But I do not want my free speech to be actively managed or controlled by a competitor. And I do not want a competitor to determine how my followers experience Fisker as we grow our company.

Henrik Fisker, Fisker’s CEO

Musk-Henrik controversial relationship started when Henrik launched Fisker Karma, the plug-in model costing $103,000… while he was under contract for the design of the Model S. “We were paying someone to do styling for his own car,” Musk alleged at the time.

In the early 2000s, Henrik worked for Aston Martin before entering as early design consultant to Elon Musk’s Tesla. In 2007, he founded Fisker Automotive, which made one of the world’s first plug-in cars, Fisker Karma. Tesla unsuccessfully sued Henrik Fisker for developing the Karma while he was under contract designing the Model S.

Recently, Fisker announced that has exceeded 40,000 initial reservations for the Fisker Ocean SUV. The company will open pre-order reservations for the limited-edition Fisker Ocean One on July 1, 2022, due to anticipated demand. Fisker does not expect to raise prices because of inflationary or commodity-cost pressures through 2023.

Written by Cláudio Afonso |