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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: 20 mpg is pathetic
By FITCamaro on 10/21/2011 1:16:08 PM , Rating: 2
What is this going on combined numbers thing either? Also its 18 combined on that website.

I don't pay attention to a supposed combined number, I look at city and highway fuel economy. 15 city and 24 highway on a Z06. To me that averages to 19.5.

Damn good for a 505hp 7.0L V8. And my friend who actually has one gets 27 mpg in his at 80 mph.


RE: 20 mpg is pathetic
By Keeir on 10/21/2011 2:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
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I don't pay attention to a supposed combined number, I look at city and highway fuel economy. 15 city and 24 highway on a Z06. To me that averages to 19.5.


Then don't pay attention to the 20 rating for the Karma. Its the combined number after all.

So what you friend gets X MPG. Maybe you friend would get 30 MPG in the Karma at 80 mph! Who knows until your friend drives the Karma for 3,000-4,000 miles.

Hell, I get 28 MPG combined at the pump from my car thats EPA rated combined at 22 MPG... and up to 34 MPG highway. That really doesn't matter since you have to drive like me, in my location, and in my temparture zone to get that MPG.


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