/Fisker Karma EPA Rating Announced

Fisker Karma EPA Rating Announced

Fisker Karma EPA at Fisker Karma EPA Rating Announced

Fisker is now ready to kick the sales of the Karma into high gear as the car gets EPA certified.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fisker Karma is rated at 52 mpge, and its electric-only range is 32 miles. These are not as impressive as the figures Fisker had claimed for the car, but still pretty good for a big luxury saloon.

The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) that is the Karma is fitted with a 2.0-liter range-extending gasoline engine which tops up the batters that power the electric motors. The Karma battery can be recharged in less than six hours using the same 240v household current that powers many major home appliances.

Based on EPA calculations, if you start each day with a full battery charge and use your Karma to commute 40 miles, a full tank of fuel will be enough to cover a distance of 1000 miles. Range extender engines seem to be the answer to cure the ‘Range Anxiety’ issue with electric cars.

“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.”

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