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Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid
Fisker says "range varies greatly on the conditions of the road and how you drive the car"

Fisker Automotive's range-extended plug-in hybrid, the Fisker Karma, has received a lower-than-expected EPA rating that falls below the likes of the Chevrolet Volt and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In.

Over the past few years, Fisker Automotive has claimed that its $96,000 Fisker Karma would receive 50 miles of all-electric range. But the official EPA rating has been released, and it says otherwise.

The EPA rated the Fisker Karma at 52 mpg-equivalent (mpg-e) for combined city and highway driving. This means 32 miles of all-electric range and 20 mpg when the gasoline engine takes over.

Fisker Karma

"As with all electric vehicles, range varies greatly on the conditions of the road and how you drive the car," said Fisker in a statement after the EPA ratings were released. "Overall, we are very pleased with the results of the EPA's tests."

Fisker added that the Karma's 52 mpg-e is not far off from the 54 mpg fleet average that the Obama administration expects in 2025, which is still 14 years away.

In comparison, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt has a price tag of $39,995 and an EPA rating of 93 mpg-e with a 37-mile all-electric range, and 37 mpg with the gasoline engine. The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In is priced at $32,760 with an expected 87 mpg-e.

Fisker Karma production kicked off in March 2011, and by July, it was reported that Fisker had 3,000 Karma orders and sold out until early 2012. The Karma runs off batteries, and once depleted, it uses a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to recharge the batteries and run for an extended range.

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Source: Inside Line

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RE: Does it really matter?
By FITCamaro on 10/20/2011 12:38:04 PM , Rating: 3
Are you kidding? This thing gets 20 mpg on the gas engine? A Corvette can get 30 mpg on the highway, go a hell of a lot faster, and go a hell of a lot further.

I used to commute 150 miles a day so with this thing, I'd be pushing it.

RE: Does it really matter?
By Iaiken on 10/20/2011 1:45:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not actually sure what you're raging about there FIT.

He was talking about the Tesla Model S being drastically better and cheaper.

Earlier this month, Elon Musk announced that the 300 mile version of the Model S range had been verified by the EPA as 320 miles.

What's more, he announced a performance version of the car that could do 0-60 in 4.6. That is 2011 BMW M5 territory for 20% less than the base M5's MSRP.

The Kharma doesn't even compare.

RE: Does it really matter?
By Keeir on 10/20/2011 3:23:54 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, slow down there.

No one really knows what the price of a 4.6 0-60 Model S would be.... nor what the price of the 320 mile battery pack works out to be if in the same car...

RE: Does it really matter?
By Mint on 10/23/2011 4:31:12 AM , Rating: 1
Do you really think the average driver does 150 miles a day?

How a bout a little common sense? If someone drives 20-32 miles a day or less 250 times a year, he saves 300-500 gallons a year vs. an Aston Martin, Maserati, XJ, etc. Go on a few 50-1000 mile road trips on other days, and you save a few more gallons.

You're basically bitching about someone saving only 550 gallons a year instead of 600 with a more efficient engine. Who cares?

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