2012 Fisker Karma is a 2.5 tons subcompact, according to EPA

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 30, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified the 2012 Fisker Karma as a subcompact. It’s absurd for this range-extended plug-in hybrid to be considered as one since it measures 16.5-feet long, its width exceeds 6 feet and it weighs more than 2.5 tons. It also features an impressive 403-horsepower electric powerplant.

Apparently, the EPA looks at interior volume (not overall measurements) when finding the size categories. The Fisker’s interior volume is less than the compact category’s requirement of at least 100 cubic-feet. This is crucial because the EPA determines size classifications for cars in order to apply CO2 reduction goals.

These targets are also known as fuel economy standards. The $96,000 Fisker is an exotic luxury sedan with four seats similar to most four-place exotic sports sedans.

A Fisker Automotives spokesman said that the new EPA fuel economy label is already being used by the company even if it’s only required to do so in the 2013 model. He added that sales won’t be affected since its target market doesn’t care about the label and would only be focused on the car’s qualities.

But this classification makes future model comparisons difficult. For example, it can’t be compared to a Chevrolet Volt since the range-extended plug-in hybrid is in a different class, is priced $56,000 lower, and is a full size bigger since the EPA categorizes it as a compact car.

EPA has classified the following 2012 cars as subcompacts: the Audi TT, Aston Martin Rapide, Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Sonic, Mini Cooper Clubman and Volkswagen Beetle.

The signature designs on Fisker Karma’s exterior surface are based largely on the brand’s highly dynamic proportions and continuously flowing lines. Henrik Fisker (Fisker Automotive CEO) explained the company’s objective in creating the next highly covetable earth-friendly vehicle in the market. Of course, he knows that the plugin hybrid sports sedan must have an irresistible cockpit in order for it to sell. But the CEO also wants to make sure that they will be using Fisker Karma’s Sustainable and Accountable Design philosophy.

So how does it work? For instance, the wood trims that they will be using will only come from non-living trees. These are the trees from the lakes that have sunken over time or trees from the burnt forests, which were rescued one by one. In fact even the dead trees that lie just about anywhere will somehow find its way to the car’s interior trims. But it makes a lot of sense.

Nevertheless, the prototype model has done a few changes to deliver better airflow. The Fisker Karma prototype comes with larger lower intakes to match the newly designed upper grille. To aid in cooling the electric drivetrain, the rear bumper is also equipped with Fisker’s new and innovative aerodynamic diffuser. Meanwhile, the slightly raised fenders with low, wide stance at the front view provide better driving visibility.

Meanwhile, Fisker Karma’s EcoGlass centre console and instrument panels are also user-friendly. It comes with a 10.2-inch intuitive touch screen, HVAC, audio system and other in-vehicle technologies. There are also the LCD gauges near the steering wheel that shows the most significant information such as the vehicle speed and how much battery power is used up in the process. Moreover, each FIsker Karma sedan has the largest solar glass panel available.

Fisker concluded how the company has been involved from the first up to the last stages of the production. This was done primarily because they wanted to uphold Fisker’s authentic design language as much as possible. Additionally, Fisker Karma only uses environment friendly materials to come up with the most beautifully designed car.

Topics: fisker, fisker karma, epa

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