The 2012 Fisker Karma is a relatively heavy vehicle, weighing in at 5,300 pounds, and it achieves only 20 mpg when burning gas. But according to CEO Henrik Fisker, owners of the Karma are averaging 150 mpg. Have we underestimated the Karma’s green car credibility?
Fisker told Autoblog Green that “You can say what you want about how the Europeans or the EPA measures fuel economy, but we have the facts, the facts of how Fisker Karma owners drive the car. The average is 150 miles a gallon. That is a fact. And we have customers who drive 3,000 to 4,000 miles before they fill up.” That’s fairly incredible for a car that weighs more than 2.5 tons without a driver. The EPA rates the Karma as having 32 miles of pure-electric driving, and a 20/21 city/highway rating when using its gas range extender. The Karma is also classified as a subcompact, despite being a huge car, because of its lack of interior room.
If Henrik Fisker’s assertions can be backed up by some hard data, it would be the first bit of good news for Fisker in awhile. 2012 was a bad year for Fisker, but perhaps 2013 is the year they turn it all around. Fisker is seeking new investors in China, and its next project, the Fisker Atlantic, could be far more appealing than the $100,000 Karma thanks to a much lower price tag. Will Fisker rebound?
Source: Autoblog Green
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