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Published on February 21st, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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Fisker Claims Drivers Are Averaging 150 MPG in Fisker Karma

fisker-karma-rearThe 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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  • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ Neil Blanchard

    Until we see actual numbers, this 150mpg number has to be gotten by ignoring the electricity, I think.  There is no way that the Fisker is 2/3rds better than the Tesla Model S, since the Fisker has both significantly worse aero drag and higher weight.

    This is like pretending that if you go 2,000 miles before you fill up the Volt’s gas tank (which is *not* uncommon!) by charging the battery every day and only driving beyond the all electric range once in a while – and then dividing the 2,000 miles by the 8 gallons and saying it gets 250MPG…
     
    Neil

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/joborras/ Jo Borras

      Neil, it is nothing of the kind. All it shows is that Karma owners are plugging in a lot and keeping their trips short, buying not much gas at all and averaging, as a group, to go about 150 miles for every gallon of gas purchased.

  • Norman Vorne

    I have had the Karma since June 2012, live in Chicago, have a 32 mile round trip to work which is the majority of my driving. The car came filled up with 9.5 gallons of gas, and I charge it in my garage every evening. I made it just past 4,500 miles and yesterday for the first time I had to add gas. It took 8.2 gallons to fill up. During the summer and fall I often had up to five miles electric range left by the time I got home. The only time I starting using gas somewhat regularly was when I put on the snow tires (additional friction on the road) and it was very cold outside so running the heat used more electric. These factors cut the all electric range and often the gas kicked in the last mile or two before getting home. (I wish I had a charger at work). The bottom line is I only used 8.2 gallons of gas to drive over 4,500 miles, and the electricity cost is peanuts compared to the cost of gas.

  • Ixtractm

    I am also a Fisker owner.  I have a 30 mi commute round trip each day.  I have had my car since early January 2012.  I have driven over 9700 mi and have spent $ 325 on premium gas for the year.  My average electric bill has increased  $16 dollars per month over the previous year before I purchased my Karma.  I happened to reset one of my trip odometers, and over the last 3500 mi I am averaging 319 mi per gallon over that time.  I think the claim of 150 mi per gallon is a reasonable number depending on the particular owner’s commute and how he or she uses the car.  My milage would definitely surpass the claim of 150 mi per gallon.

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/joborras/ Jo Borras

      Fantastic!

  • http://MrEnergyCzar.com/ MrEnergyCzar

    That need a Voltstats like tracking website for their owners…

    MrEnergyCzar

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