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.


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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      • 3 Years Ago
      A bit disappointing but when a car looks that good it can run on diced lions for all I care.
      Victor Au
      • 3 Years Ago
      For some reason when I see this car I just think of some French guy with a mustache...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Karma is over, time for the model S from Tesla :|
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      20mpg. I told you so. I just had to say it. All the people who crapped on the Volt and said the Karma was going to show how it was done really were just kidding themselves.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they could custom build a version with a V8 instead of those heavy batteries and electric motors , it would be lighter, nimbler, faster and have better fuel economy. A lot cheaper too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reading the comments reminds me that the casual auto reader has no idea what kind of effect WEIGHT has on a vehicles efficiency. Damn.. Physics!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        Aerodynamics will counter the effects of weight on level ground.
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          @2 Wheeled Menace
          That is *possibly* only true for constant velocity and a very high one at that.
      sExY aZz
      • 3 Years Ago
      fine on paper 53mpge but with a 32mile electric range its more then most people drive to work and back. its also unique and looks amazing better then most sport sedans in any price. however i think tesla simply has a better looking sedan thats faster.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was all excited for this, but now I am just disappointed... :(
      • 3 Years Ago
      I absolutely love the sexy lines of this car, but the grill is just too much for me to handle. Evey time I look at it, I think horrible 80's mustache. Does anyone see Magnum P.I. ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I ordered a Karma a long time ago and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. An arrival that keeps getting delayed every month. Now they've lowered the 0-60 from 5.9 to 6.3 seconds and suddenly the EPA comes out with number nowhere near Fisker's claims. I'll probably be canceling my order. Very disappointed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well considering the EPA just figured out a way to test these Electric hybrids I'm sure its off a little bit. Better to be conservative than liberal in these types of things IMO. I seen two driving around 2 weeks ago and they look sexy as hell. Also very quiet as they pulled away from me with very little effort. All you could hear was road noise if that from the tires. Depending on how they handle in the winter I can see some people using this at their DD.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All for the bargain price of $95000.00. Leftist d-bags like AlGore and Leonardo love this car. Oh, and Dan Neil can suck on this egg too. Featured this car on last weeks The CarShow (Where DID John Salley go??) and he damn near had an orgasm over it.
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