It feels like it’s been forever, but the Fisker Karma is coming. The EPA got their hands on one, and we finally have official fuel efficiency numbers. In traditional confusing fashion, the Fisker Karma is rated at 52 MPGe. Now, that’s “miles per gallon equivalent,” which is the best that the EPA could manage to rate cars like this. I’m not knocking the EPA here – this is a notoriously tricky thing to figure out. Let’s dig a little deeper into the Karma’s numbers.
The 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack will allow the Karma to travel up to 32 miles on a single charge. This is where the MPGe rating comes into play. The EPA is trying to best translate electricity usage into gasoline usage, so would-be buyers have a prayer of understand how efficient a particular vehicle is.
Once the battery is depleted, the Karma’s gasoline engine kicks in to charge the battery, which powers the motors. This setup may remind of of the Chevy Volt. In the Karma’s case, there are two 201 HP motors in place, for a reported output of 403 HP / 981 lb-ft of torque. These numbers aren’t yet final, however. Fisker is expecting to net a 20 MPG range for after the battery is depleted.
While not exactly green, did you see the 981 lb-ft of torque rating? My goodness. Ridiculous power and electric range combined in one car? I think the world has room for something like this.