Fisker anticipated its Karma model to present a 67 mpge rating with a 50 mile range. When the EPA recently rated the Karma, its numbers fell a bit short.
At first, the new automaker took a more laid back stance on the matter, saying “As with all electric vehicles, range varies greatly on the conditions of the road and how you drive the car. Overall, we are very pleased with the results of the EPA’s test.”
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Later, Fisker turned to Facebook to comment again, this time with a slightly different tone: “We recently received final certificate from the EPA, including the fuel economy label. The two primary numbers, 52 mpge in all-electric battery mode and 20 mpg in gasoline range-extending mode, are based on the EPA’s tests and reflect one viewpoint of energy efficiency in those two models. However, we do not believe that the label communicates the entire story.”
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The brand then elaborates on the story: “Traditional fuel economy numbers are structured for a conventional vehicle running on gasoline as a single fuel. With a plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle, driver choices and operating behavior can affect the overall fuel economy more so than any other type of vehicle. The EPA tests for vehicles in this category are a relatively new endeavor and in our view do not reflect the variability that is inherent with a plug-in hybrid vehicle – and therefore, present a conservative scenario.”
– By: Alexandra Koken
Source: Inside Line