The industry's first luxury sport sedan with a range-extended electric powertrain has officially passed muster with the Environmental Protection Agency, allowing sales of the 2012 Fisker Karma to begin immediately in the U.S. According to the EPA, this distinctively-styled plug-in hybrid fitted with two 201-horsepower electric motors and a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline range-extender earned a 52 MPGe overall rating, which is the equivalent of 52 mpg in a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle. Additionally, the agency tabbed the $96,000 Karma's EV range at 32 miles per charge of its lithium-ion battery pack, but a modest 20 mpg when using electricity generated by its range-extender engine. Although that latter figure is considerably below what Fisker Automotive co-founder and CEO, Henrik Fisker, had been predicting, he remains confident that buyers will still find plenty to like in the Karma's total package, and that its real-world zero-emissions capability will be substantially better than the EPA figures.
"As with all electric vehicles, range varies greatly on the conditions of the road and how you drive the car. We firmly believe that most owners will get up to 50 miles of driving range on a single charge and will use our electric-only mode most of the time they drive the car. Overall, we are very pleased with the results of EPA's tests."