Fisker, meanwhile, is taking a more
approach. It is claiming that its slick Karma luxury
plug-in hybrid gets 3.5 liters per 100 kilometers (equivalent to 67.2
mpg U.S.). Fisker reports that the Karma also features low
emissions -- a mere 83 grams per kilometer. Fisker was careful
to back these claims, stating that it adhered to the J2841 emissions
testing methodology developed by the Society of Automotive
Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker brags, "The Fisker
Karma is the future of driving. It proves we can drive
environmentally responsible cars without sacrificing the emotional
things that made us fall in love with cars in the first place."
Karma is anticipated to debut
later this year at a price tag of approximately $87,000.
This places it in direct competition with the Tesla Roadster, but the
sticker price places it in less of a direct competition with the Leaf
and Chevy Volt.
The vehicle features a top speed of 125 mph
and can reach 60 mph (from a stop) in 5.8 seconds. It sports a
2.0 l Turbocharged Ecotec VVT engine, along with two electric motors
for 403 total horsepower. It has a 50 mile all-electric range.
A solar roof option is offered for both recharging the battery pack
and offering climate control, similar to the Prius. The roof
panel is estimated to provide up to half a kilowatt-hour per
Fisker hopes to sell 15,000 of the vehicles a year.
If it can sustain this sales pace, it will save 248 million gallons
of gasoline by 2016, it estimates. Whether it can meet this
objective or not, it's refreshing to see one company taking a more
measured approach to fuel economy claims.