EPA Certifies Fisker Karma, Will Net 32-Mile EV Range, 52 MPGe

By Brandon Turkus

October 19, 2011

Consider the Fisker Karma ready for consumption. The EPA certification has officially finished, with the slinky range-extended EV receiving a rating of 52 MPGe. EPA testers covered 32 miles before the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder kicked in to recharge the Karma’s batteries.
That 32-mile range is considerably lower than the 50-mile range that Fisker was originally hoping for with the Karma. Despite this, drivers with a 40-mile commute (quite a bit more than the average American drives per day) should still get 1000 miles out of every tank, and only use about nine gallons of gas each month, provided they can fill up at work on a 240w charger.
Of course, as Founder Henrik Fisker points out, range also varies greatly, and he expects many owners to hit the intended 50-mile range in their Karmas.
Please scroll down for the official press release from Fisker.
Fisker Automotive Confirms Karma EPA Certification
ID: 554 | 10.18.2011
Anaheim, California USA – October 18, 2011: Fisker Automotive is pleased to confirm that the 2012 Fisker Karma sedan has received emission certification and fuel economy ratings from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), allowing the company’s dealers to begin selling the car to customers immediately in most states.
As the first luxury sports sedan on the market with a range-extended electric powertrain, the Karma creates an alluring class of its own. It blends supercar performance and luxury with a tailpipe CO2 output that is comparable with today’s conventional compact hybrid cars.
The EPA – with its newly formulated methodology for rating electric vehicles - found that, when running in electric mode, the Fisker Karma sedan achieves the energy equivalent of 52 miles per gallon city/highway combined. The Karma sedan’s 52 MPGe is close to the Obama administration’s mandate of an industry average goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025, demonstrating that Fisker Automotive’s Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer™) powertrain technology clearly represents the future for the automotive industry.
The Karma’s all-electric range was found to be 32 miles by the EPA under its test criteria. To put that figure in perspective, a Karma driver with a 40-mile commute who starts each day with a full battery charge will only need to visit the gas station about every 1,000 miles and would use just 9 gallons of gasoline per month.
Fisker’s own analysis suggests that many Karma drivers will actually experience a longer allelectric range under most every day driving conditions. Research also reveals that more than half of American’s have a daily commute of less than 32 miles, a comfortable distance for the Karma to run in electric-only mode from a single charge.
“We are delighted to have EPA certification and fuel economy ratings that verify the Karma’s remarkable green credentials.” said Henrik Fisker, CEO and co-founder of Fisker Automotive.
“As with all electric vehicles, range varies greatly on the conditions of the road and how you drive the car. We firmly believe that most owners will get up to 50 miles of driving range on a single charge and will use our electric-only mode most of the time they drive the car, thereby running on zero emissions. Overall, we are very pleased with the results of EPA’s tests. The Karma is a groundbreaking product with a unique powertrain.”
For more information, please visit http://media.fiskerautomotive.com
Fisker Automotive is an American car company, founded in 2007, committed to producing electric vehicles with extended range (EVer) that deliver uncompromised responsible luxury. The company is designing and developing the world’s first line of premium electric plug-in hybrids representing the company’s firm belief that environmentally conscious cars need not sacrifice passion, style, or performance. Fisker Automotive is a global company that is redefining luxury for the modern sports car buyer. For more information on the brand and the Fisker Karma Sedan, please go to http://fiskerautomotive.com.