At last, Fisker confirmed today that the 2012 Karma sedan received emission certification and fuel economy ratings from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a result, the Fisker dealers will now be able to sell the car to customers immediately in most states. According to EPA, the new car achieves the energy equivalent of 52 miles per gallon city/highway combined.
Fisker Karma delivers 52 MPGe which is close to Obama administration’s mandate of an industry average goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
Moreover, the Karma’s electric range was found to be 32 miles by the EPA under its test criteria. This means that the 2012 Fisker Karma will be able to charge its car in order to travel 40 miles and will only need to visit the gas station about every 1,000 miles and would use just 9 gallons of gasoline per month.
A survey showed that half of American’s have a daily commute of less than 32 miles, which means that the Karma will ac as a full EV and drivers will not even use a milligram of fuel.
In order for a vehicle to be desirable, it has to have a cockpit that is inviting. To meet this challenge, the interior design team of Fisker made sure that for the Karma, it would have a sustainable design that would be r responsible to the environment. The design team thus took inspiration from the timeless beauty of nature and the quality of classic design composition. Through the use of the Sustainable and Accountable Design, the interior of the Karma utilizes reusable materials and is improved by adding in modern technology.
A good example is the wood trim which is taken from non-living trees. These include Sunken Trees which are from trees found on the bottoms of lakes in the U.S., Rescued Trees which are ones sourced from ones burned in forest fires, and Fallen Trees which are those that have surrendered to age. For the exterior, the Karma has a design that displays a continuous flow of the sculpture as well as a dramatic proportion, both style qualities of Fisker. One of the changes implemented compared to the original prototype is that the upper grill has been enhanced while the lower intake was enlarged, both done to enhance the airflow.
By having a wide and low stance plus the fact that the fenders in the front have been raised, the driver is able to get a unique look at the design. With the addition of an aerodynamic diffuser placed below the bumper in the rear, it ensures that the electric drivetrain is cooled. Immediately identifiable is the solar panel on its roof that is made of continuously formed glass.
While this feature is seen as a standard in Karma sedans, it is considered as a first in the industry. Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive, Inc., shared that starting with the initial concept and until the final product, the company knew that it needed to have one design language while ensuring that the original design’s integrity was still there, for the exterior and interior.
He added by saying that what makes the Karma stand out are important elements like the use of earth-friendly materials, the beautiful sculpture, and the extreme proportions. Of course, he continued, it was also important to consider that it had to offer an inspiring drive. The company hopes that with the Karma, CEO Fisker said further, the company hopes it will lead to a new segment when it comes to environment-friendly mobility and may also become the most sought after hybrid plug-in sports sedan there is.
“We are delighted to have EPA certification and fuel economy ratings that verify the Karma’s remarkable green credentials.” said Henrik Fisker, CEO and co-founder of Fisker Automotive. “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, thereby running on zero emissions. Overall, we are very pleased with the results of EPA’s tests. The Karma is a groundbreaking product with a unique powertrain.”