Fisker Karma Hybrid Receives Lower-Than-Expected EPA Rating
October 20, 2011 8:44 AM
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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.
"As with all
, 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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RE: Does it really matter?
10/20/2011 1:45:23 PM
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?
10/20/2011 3:23:54 PM
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...
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