Fisker Karma Gets EPA Rating of 52 MPGe

Karma EPA sticker

In brief: The Karma gets a rating of 65 kWh/100 miles (52mpg equivalent) by the EPA when in all-electric mode.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: 2011-12 Karma
Manufacturer: Fisker Automotive

The word

Fisker Karma EPA sticker

The Karma luxury extended rang electric gets the rating along with an EPA-calculated all-electric range of 32 miles and using 5.1 gallons of gas to get 100 miles of range total (from a full charge). EPA ratings are combined city/highway.

The gasoline engine in the Karma, a General Motors-made V6, gets just 20mpg when it's providing power for the car - a sad testament to the over-powered engine in this electric, range-extended car.

With the EPA's ratings released, Fisker can now (finally) begin selling the Karma in the U.S. The company has reportedly been stockpiling pre-orders and showroom models in its Delaware plant awaiting this release from the EPA. Deliveries of pre-orders are already beginning.

As with all electric vehicles, range varies greatly on the conditions of the road and how you drive the car. We firmly believe that most owners will get up to 50 miles of driving range on a single charge and will use our electric-only mode most of the time they drive the car, thereby running on zero emissions. Overall, we are very pleased with the results of EPA’s tests. The Karma is a groundbreaking product with a unique powertrain.

—Henrik Fisker, CEO and co-founder of Fisker Automotive

And so ...

The Karma was expected to handily beat the Volt (rated at 93MPGe), but it should be noted that the Karma is a larger, more luxurious, higher-priced, and more premium vehicle. It's over-sized engine has been a point of contention amongst aficionados.

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