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Yikes. The EPA has finally released its official fuel economy rating for the Fisker Karma, and it's not high: just 52 MPGe, an all-electric range of 32 miles and 20 miles per gallon on gasoline when the battery runs dry. This is well below the numbers that Fisker reps were bandying about in past years: 67.2 mpge and an all-electric range of 50 miles.

American conservatives – who really have it out for plug-in hybrids that the federal government helped fund with loan guarantees – are already calling the Karma's numbers a "flop." It's kind of hard to say if that's the right word to use since luxury car buyers probably won't be turned off by these figures – 20 mpg is nothing surprising for the class – but we agree that the PHEV needed to be more efficient when running on gasoline to truly impress us on the green front. At least a 32-mile electric range isn't all that shabby, and company CEO and co-founder Henrik Fisker said he still thinks most drivers will beat the EPA estimate and be able to wring 50 electric miles out of their $95,900-plus cars.

Whatever they are, the numbers do contain some good news for Fisker. With EPA certification now in the bag, sales can officialy begin. Fisker said the first sales marked a "major milestone" and that his company "can deliver many more of these truly amazing automobiles to customers during the remainder of 2011 and for many years to come." The first 39 Karmas should be rolling out "now-ish" to dealers for use at demonstration vehicles and the first customer vehicles should arrive from Finland in about two weeks.
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Fisker Automotive Records First Sales of its Karma Sedan

Anaheim, California USA– October, 18 2011:Fisker Automotive announced today that the Company has commenced sales of its 2012 model year Karma sedan after having received certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this week.

As the first luxury sports sedan on the market with a range-extended electric powertrain, the Karma creates an alluring class of its own. By further combining world-class style and performance, the Karma is the only environmentally responsible option for most luxury car buyers.

"With receipt of EPA certification in hand, we have achieved a major milestone by recording the first sales of our groundbreaking Karma sedan," said Henrik Fisker, CEO and co-founder of Fisker Automotive. "Production of the Karma is ramping, and we have a strong dealer network in place so we can deliver many more of these truly amazing automobiles to customers during the remainder of 2011 and for many years to come."

The Karma Sedan is a series Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powered by a lithium-ion battery and an efficient 2.0-liter range-extending gasoline engine. The gasoline engine only turns a generator, which charges the battery and sends electricity to two electric traction motors that drive the car.

It is optimized to provide the ability to travel in all-electric mode for typical daily use, but can also leverage the existing gasoline infrastructure to power its range extending generator, as needed, thereby eliminating 'Range Anxiety' and providing the freedom, flexibility, and peace of mind that comes with the extended range of a conventional vehicle.

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. The Karma battery can be recharged in less than six hours using the same 240v household current that powers many major home appliances. The Karma can also be charged using standard 110v power from any electrical outlet.

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ABOUT FISKER AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
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.


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      JakeY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see it's CD mode mileage (how many kWh per 100 miles)? Given 20mpg it's probably much worse than the Volt and the Leaf, to the point where it's probably much greener to drive a gas hybrid than to drive the Fisker on the average US grid.
        usbseawolf2000
        • 3 Months Ago
        @JakeY
        33.7 kWh / 52 MPGe = 0.648 kWh per mile. So it is 64.8 kWh/100 miles. Volt is 36 kWh/100 miles. Leaf is 34 kWh/100 miles. Blended plugins like PiP is 13 to 17 kWh/100 miles.
          Smith Jim
          • 3 Months Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          USB, There are a couple of things I need to point out. Firstly that label looks like a generic EPA label not specifically for the PIP. The second thing is that you are only looking at the amount of electric energy used in blended mode while ignoring the energy of the 1.0 gallon of gasoline. That's an additional 33.7 kWh.
          Smith Jim
          • 3 Months Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          USB, You are claiming between 200 and 260 MPGe for the PIP. Where did you get those numbers?
          usbseawolf2000
          • 3 Months Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          Yes, I was providing kWh from the battery which I did the same for the Volt as well. Most people are quick to point out that a full acceleration in PiP kicks in the gas engine. I am saying here are the benefits. It uses less battery energy (per mile). On top of that it costs less, the recharge finishes faster, the car is lighter, MPG is higher in CS mode. The sample car in the label seems to be a bigger more powerful car than PiP. That's why I gave a range from 13 to 17 kWh/100 miles.
          usbseawolf2000
          • 3 Months Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          @Smith Jim - My number is from the sample EPA label for a blended plugin hybrid (page 7). Electricity usage is kept low because gas is mixed in for the rarely used peak power demands. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/docs/EPA_FE_Label-052311.pdf
        JakeY
        • 3 Months Ago
        @JakeY
        I just realized the 52mpge IS the CD mode mileage. That's half what the Leaf (99mpge), Volt (93mpge) and Roadster (119mpge) gets! It's a guzzler even in electric mode!
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do you all spit on this car?? How many luxury cars are there out there that get 32 miles in EV mode? ZERO! I'm very happy that we're going to see more cars like this on the road....and the Karma has enough EV range to use very little oil.
        EVnerdGene
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Nick
        I'm not spitting on the car. I chastise the DOE and the current administration for loaning half a BILLION dollars to Frisker to build luxury items.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Nick
        @Nick Your kidding right? This thing will give PHEVs a bad stigma... 20MPG, really!? Less than the poorly selling Silverado Hybrid! With 0-60 of what, high sevens... no way this car should have ever happened, especially with tax payer dollars. Perfect fodder for conservative idiots who want to stick with big oil. Really, do you think people who buy this car will care enough to plug it in every night? This is a car a rich man buys to ACT like he is being frugal and cares about the environment... BTW is al gore on the pre-order list?
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Nina better have way better numbers than this. I can forgive them for missing their mark on this one, if they can deliver on the Nina. This is supposed to be a limited number Halo car, and while it has had it's own halo knocked off by these numbers, the real measure of success will be the more mass-production Nina. There was talk about other models based on this same powertrain. They should forget that, and just focus completely on getting the Nina to score better numbers than the Volt.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Months Ago
        @PR
        "better numbers than the Volt." The problem with Fisker is that they are not concerned with meeting or exceeding Volt numbers... they are only concerned with marketing themselves as a prestigious brand. The Nina appears to be falling inline with that goal alone... Fisker wants to be the BMW of PHEVs. That would be just fine if they didnt have hundreds of millions of tax payer funds tied up in project Nina... which gets more expensive by the day.
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      More like "bad Karma". So In what way is this car better than the Model S other than the gas guzzling range extender? LOL, the Model S beats the pants off of it in every other category. BTW, whats the max range of the Karma with a full tank?
        JakeY
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Spiffster
        Given the EPA ratings and the 9.5 gallon tank in the Karma: 32 miles electric + 9.5 gal*20mpg = 222 miles. So the even mid-range (240 mile) Model S might be able to beat it in range, and that's all electric too vs electric plus gas!
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those figures are indeed disappointing. But, we'll have to see how the Karma does in the real world, where we know people do exceed EPA estimates on a fairly regular basis. And, at any rate, it's good to have another PHEV on the market, especially one which brings such awareness with style and panache.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ouch! Those numbers suck. They should not be all that surprising considering how much that beast weighs. But even with those crappy numbers, it can be an extremely efficient car if you can charge up at home and work.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        You're forgetting aerodynamics. On a straightaway, the car's weight shouldn't have much effect. This car does look fairly aerodynamic. So why they are only getting 20mpg out of the range extender is puzzling.
      bricko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another fiasco via the government. US Gov. gave them 500 million loan....they then make the vehicle in Finland. and you get a vehicle that gets the mileage of a midsize SUV....government at work. Another Solyndra crap shoot.
        Roy_H
        • 3 Months Ago
        @bricko
        Fiasco? Maybe, but it is much too early to make that call. Most of the money was for the Nina project. Fisker has already demonstrated that they can sell the Karma (over 3000 pre-paid orders). So already that is not a fiasco out of the gate. The Nina however is another thing. As near as I can tell it is very similar to the Karma, but at half price. How they will be able to get the cost down that much is a mystery to me. If they succeed it won't be a fiasco. MPG is not the primary criteria that people purchasing a fancy, unique luxury $90k+ car are concerned with.
      JakeY
      • 3 Months Ago
      US factories making Karma components also got part of the loan ($169.3 million out of the $528.7 million in total). It's not only Nina.
      Tysto
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always been a Fisker skeptic, but this is unfortunate to see. But I suppose that there are plenty of people who would like something fast and gaudy that they can say is (fairly) green. I'd have the Tesla S. It's got class.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tysto
        A v6 car would be actually be greener. If it uses 20mpg on gas, just imagine how much kilowatts it guzzles..
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          OK i just read that it has a 22kWh battery. Nissan gets 90-100 miles out of 24kWh. Looks like the Fisker is getting 50 miles out of 22kWh. Watt guzzler and fuel guzzler...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy a Prius......
        Roy_H
        • 3 Months Ago
        What, you think the Prius matches this in looks, performance, and luxury?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      20mpg on gas hahahahaha... Shut the company down and cut your losses if that's the best you can do. And give us taxpayers our money back.
        usbseawolf2000
        • 3 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        We are subsidizing $7,500 for a 4 cylinder engine that gets 20 MPG? Not green! A lot of people are blinded by the lure of initial 32 electric miles. If we are subsidizing the development of the battery, why doesn't Leaf or Tesla Model S get more than $7,500? We are subsidizing the dirty inefficient "range extending" gas engine as well.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Months Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          The Volt weighs in the upper 3000lb figure, but pulls 40mpg.. just sayin.
          usbseawolf2000
          • 3 Months Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          @flyingvet26 - It is a shock because a hybrid gets the same or lower MPG than a non-hybrid. That's unacceptable. I can't wait to see the emissions from that tailpipe.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Months Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          EXACTLY... someone else said this and i agree... this should come with a guzzler sticker. Wikipedia says that the car has a 22kWh battery.... and it only gets 32 miles out of that while the Leaf gets ~90 miles out of 24kWh.. Where the mind blowing inefficiency comes from continues to puzzle me.
          flyingvet26
          • 3 Months Ago
          @usbseawolf2000
          This is a GM engine. It's the same engine that was in the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Look up the mpg for those cars (19-24). And the Solstice weighed 2,860 lbs. while the Karma weighs 4,650 lbs. I don't see why this is such a shock to people.
        PR
        • 3 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Are you talking about the DOE loans? Those are going to the Nina, not this model.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love how the Beck-Worshipping, brainless "conservatives" (what do you really conserve anyway?) whine about the loan guarantees, yet have no problem with gasoline subsidized to the tune of TENS OF BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS.
        Ziv
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Nick
        This is a pretty good reminder of why I like GM-volt.com. Fewer idiots there, whether from the left or the right.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Nick
        Both parties are full of hypocrites, conservatives more so. ;-)
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