Fisker Karma Gets 20 MPG: Worst “Green” Car Ever?
While Fisker touted the Karma as an electric car capable of 100 MPGe, the Fisker Karma actually gets 20 MPG. The company did lower their expectations to 67.2 MPGe with a 50-mile range from batteries, but the actual EPA results for the Fisker Karma came in at 52 MPGe and 32 miles from the batteries. Enter your ZIP code below to compare Fisker Karma car insurance rates for free.
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The Fisker Karma received dismal fuel economy ratings from the EPA. (fisker)
On Friday, we talked about Fisker Automotive, a battery-powered electric motors ultra-luxury brand of carmaker that has received more than a half-billion dollars in federal loan guarantees from the Obama administration. Thus far, Fisker Automotive has only unveiled the Fisker Karma, electric vehicles (EV) that features a gasoline engine much like the Chevrolet Volt once the batteries are exhausted.
Critics have noted that despite the federal loans and promises to utilize a defunct General Motors manufacturing plant for production of their cars, Fisker Automotive has outsourced their manufacturing and their cars aren’t being built in the United States, or even North America. Instead, the company is building cars in the European country of Finland.
What Should you Know About the Fisker Karma?
The company founder said of the move to manufacture in Finland, employing Finnish workers, that “we’re not in the business of failing; we’re in the business of winning. So we make the right decision for the business. That’s why we went to Finland.”
While some complain of using American dollars to employ Europeans, other pundits have moved to throw Fisker Automotive into the same category of high-risk federal loans like Solyndra, the now bankrupt solar panel maker that received a half-billion dollars in federal funding under somewhat questionable circumstances.
If that isn’t enough negative energy to sour potential buyers of the Fisker Karma, we’d suggest turning attention to just released results of EPA testing on the fuel economy of the car. Despite company claims that the Karma would be rated for 100 MPGe (the company later lowered their expected rating to 67.2 MPGe) and have a 50 mile range from batteries, the actual EPA results came in at 52 MPGe and 32 miles from the batteries.
And once you’ve exhausted the 32 mile range from the batteries? At that point, the Karma gets a piddling 20 MPG from its gasoline engine. We’re quite certain there are much greener cars to be had, and without huge – and questionable – government subsidies.