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?
10/23/2011 4:58:41 AM
A Tesla Model S tethers you to stay within 80 miles of your home, unless you're lucky and there's a charging station near your destination.
I don't think the American culture of driving and exploration is compatible with pure EVs. Would you really want to buy a car like this and have to leave it at home when you go on a road trip?
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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