Fisker Karma gets rated at 112 mpg from Europe's TUV

Recently, the Fisker Karma was confirmed to be capable of 51.6 miles in electric range by the European regulatory body TÜV. This was a shade more impressive than the EPA's 32-mile EV range calculation.

Now, the TUV is saying that the Karma's CO2 emissions level is 51 g/km CO2, which equates to 112 mpg. Again, compare to the EPA's 52 MPGe (even though, yes, mpg and MPGe are not really comparable – to say nothing about the completely different testing methods that the EPA and TÜV use to generate all these numbers). To get 112 mpg must require starting with a full pack, since TÜV tests show that if you put the Karma into Sport mode once the all-EV miles are done and you're driving in charge-sustaining mode, the Karma gets a paltry 26 mpg (combined, and the EPA tested the car to 20 mpg). That's not great, but Fisker's press release is quick to point out that it is, "the best of any full size, US-market luxury car." That says more about the market than it does about the Karma.

Speaking of the market, the Karma is now emissions compliant in all 50 states, thanks to the a recent certification from the California Air Resources Board.
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Anaheim, California USA – November 16, 2011: The Fisker Karma Electric Vehicle with extended range achieves 112 mpg (2.1 l/100km) combined fuel economy and emits just 51 g/km CO2, according to independent testing by the Technischer Üeberwachungs Verein (TÜV), Europe's recognized automotive certification agency. TÜV tests also validated the Karma's all-electric range at 51.6 miles (83 km).

Separately, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the Karma a 10 out of 10 for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, while the California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently offered its certification, making the Karma emissions compliant in all 50 states.

The Karma, a 400-horsepower luxury sedan that can accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.1 seconds, is one of the most efficient, lowest emission automobiles available despite its size, performance and visual appeal.

These figures are possible due to the Karma's cutting-edge EVer™ (Electric Vehicle extended range) powertrain technology, which combines the zero-emissions and efficiency of electric drive with the range and freedom of petrol-powered cars.

Technically a series plug-in hybrid, the Karma gives drivers the ability to run emission free on demand, as well as travel long distances without the range anxiety or long recharge times associated with pure electric vehicles.

While the Karma can run on all-electric power in Stealth mode for 51.6 miles, it has a total range of up to 300 miles (483 km) before a stop for gas or recharge is required. When driven in charge-sustaining Sport mode the Karma achieves 26 mpg (9.2 l/100km) combined fuel economy in TÜV tests, the best of any full size, US-market luxury car.

"We are naturally very pleased with the TÜV results, which show we have delivered better than our anticipated fuel efficiency figures," said CEO and co-founder Henrik Fisker. "We believe the Karma is a car well-suited to the lifestyles of many people, and these results only reinforce that position."

TÜV Results

Extra urban
58 g/km
47 g/km
51 g/km
Fuel consumption
98 mpg
(2.4 l/100km)
118 mpg
(2.0 l/100km)
112 mpg
(2.1 l/100km)
Electric range
51.6 mi
(83 km)

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

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