Fisker Karma achieves 51.6 miles on electric mode during TUV testing

Fisker Automotive’s Karma plug-in hybrid sedan has achieved 83 km or 51.6 miles on electric-only model during an independent fuel-efficiency test carried out by Europe’s regulatory body, the Technischer Ueberwachungs Verein (TUV)

“The TUV have carried out the most thorough tests yet of the Karma’s real-world urban performance,” Fisker said in a statement. “This is an independent process that measures every element of the Fisker Karma luxury plug-in hybrid’s performance.”

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The United States EPA recently rated the Fisker Karma at 52 miles per gallon-equivalent (mpg-e) in combined city and highway driving. That figure also includes 32 miles of all-electric range, and 20 mpg when its gasoline engine kicks in to provide electricity once the Karma’s lithium-ion battery pack is deplete.

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Refresher: Power comes from Fisker’s Q-DRIVE system, which is made up of two 201-hp electric-motors that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. That allows the 2010 Karma to travel up to 50 miles without the use of any gasoline. A generator attached to a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec direct injection gasoline engine by General Motors provides an extended range of up to 300 miles. 0 to 60 mph comes in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph.

– By: Omar Rana