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Fisker Gets EPA Certification, Begins Selling Karma

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author photo by Nick Palermo October 2011

Nearly four years ago, a small outfit lead by an accomplished automobile designer showed a radical concept at the North American International Auto Show. It was a striking, low-slung sedan. Like the crowd's response, the vehicle was electric. The Fisker Karma generated excitement that never waned despite delays in the release of a production version.

Finally, the concept is a reality. The much anticipated Karma, the world's first electrically-driven luxury sports sedan, has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is immediately available to customers in most states.

While the Karma is an exclusive and luxurious sedan with over 400 horsepower, its 52 MPGe combined mileage equivalent means it leaves a tiny carbon footprint. Drivers can plug the Karma's lithium-ion batteries into a 240v household charger for six hours to drive about 32 miles on electricity alone. Fisker says their testing has shown greater range than this official EPA estimate. Still, the Karma has a 4-cylinder gas engine to recharge the batteries, so anxiety about range that plagues pure EVs is absent.

But that electric charge is necessary for the Karma to sustain its green credibility. When the battery is depleted and the vehicle is operating in extended range mode, only the gas engine is supplying electricity to drive the wheels. In this mode, the EPA calculates only 20 mpg.

EPA certification was necessary for Fisker to begin sales of the Karma.

"With receipt of EPA certification in hand, we have achieved a major milestone by recording the first sales of our groundbreaking Karma sedan," said Henrik Fisker, CEO and co-founder of Fisker Automotive. "Production of the Karma is ramping, and we have a strong dealer network in place so we can deliver many more of these truly amazing automobiles to customers during the remainder of 2011 and for many years to come."

Fisker does not list pricing for the Karma, but it is expected to be over $90,000. The company plans to build about 15,000 vehicles per year. Fisker has over 40 dealers in the US listed at http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/en-us/discover/retailerlocator.

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Fisker Gets EPA Certification, Begins Selling Karma - Autotrader