2012 Fisker Karma Achieves 112 mpg in European Testing
After the 2012 Fisker Karma received an underwhelming result from the EPA’s fuel economy certification process, Fisker happily reported that the Europeans weren’t so harsh with their final figures. Rated by the Technischer Ueberwachsung Verein (Technical Inspection Association in English, or TUV), a privately-held independent testing agency, the Karma achieved 112 mpge and showed an all-electric range of 51.6 miles. The agency also said its gas engine pulls off 26 mpg in sport mode in combined urban and extra-urban driving, which are similar to our city and highway tests. Those numbers handily trump the EPA’s 52 mpge and 32-mile electric range. In U.S. testing, the car was recorded at 20 mpg in a gasoline-burning mode. “We are naturally very pleased with the TUV results, which show we have delivered better than our anticipated fuel efficiency figures,” said CEO and co-founder Henrik Fisker in a statement. “We believe the Karma is a car well-suited to the lifestyles of many people, and these results only reinforce that position.” Recently, Fisker has come under attack from pundits and politicians alike who have criticized the upstart for its overseas production and lackluster fuel economy ratings. Fisker contends that there were no plants available in the U.S. to produce its Karma sports sedan and is banking on the company’s recently acquired Delaware plant to carry on production for the company’s next model, currently called “Project Nina.” As for the fuel economy part? While Fisker won’t be able to shake its EPA numbers for the 2012 model year, the TUV figures—which may be accepted by the European Union as official—are certainly something Fisker will proudly flaunt in a world of wealthy greenies whenever it can. Source: Fisker
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