2012 Fisker Karma Returns 51.6 Miles in Electric-Only Mode

By · November 03, 2011

2012 Fisker Karma

2012 Fisker Karma returns impressive 51.6 miles in electric-only mode.

Back in mid-October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handed down its official fuel economy figures for the 2012 Fisker Karma. To say that those numbers—52 MPGe, an electric-only range of 32 miles and 20 miles per gallon in extended-range mode—were disappointing would be an absolute understatement. Most of the major media outlets immediately responded by calling the $95,900-plus Fisker Karma a flop. But the bad news for Fisker kept piling up.

Within days of the EPA releasing its official fuel economy figures for the Karma, reports focusing on the Karma's classification as a subcompact vehicle surfaced. With less than 100 cubic-feet of interior volume, the EPA deemed the 5,300-pound Karma a subcompact. This classification will likely have no impact on sales of the Karma, but media outlets across the US used this bit of info to, once again, knock on the Finland-built Karma and question Fisker's federal loan status.

Fortunately for Fisker, there's some positive news coming in on the efficiency front. Over in Europe, the Karma was recently subjected to independent fuel efficiency tests carried out by regulatory body Technischer Überwachungs Verein (TÜV). The results of those tests prove that the Fisker Karma is one of the most capable—at least among plug-in hybrid vehicles—electric-only-mode performers in the world. The TÜV's thorough "real-world urban" tests show that the Karma returned an impressive 51.6-mile range in electric-only mode. This figure beats its EPA rating by a substantial 19.6 miles.

Of the results, Henrik Fisker, chief executive officer of Fisker Automotive, stated, "We are delighted that the TÜV has confirmed that most owners will achieve a 50-mile range running purely on electric during their daily commute."

The 2012 Fisker Karma is currently on sale in the US, though production volume is extremely limited and all Karmas to be sold in 2011 have already been spoken for. Come 2012, Fisker aims to sell approximately 15,000 Karmas in the US and across the pond in Europe.

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