Orange County Business Journal

Fisker Gets Green Light on Karma

Kari Hamanaka Thursday, October 20, 2011

Deliveries of Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive’s Karma luxury hybrid sedan have begun now that the automaker has certification from the Environmental Protection Agency on the vehicle’s emissions and drive range.

The EPA said the Karma will get 52 miles per gallon running with battery power. It’s battery will have a 32-mile drive range, according to the agency.

That’s lower than the 50-mile drive range Fisker had touted before the EPA’s analysis.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s determination didn't seem to phase the automaker. Chief Executive and cofounder Henrik Fisker issued a statement saying he was pleased with the overall testing.

The automaker is standing by its original drive-range target of about 50 miles.

“As with all electric vehicles, range varies greatly on the conditions of the road and how you drive the car,” Fisker said. “We firmly believe that most owners will get up to 50 miles of driving range on a single charge and will use our electric-only mode most of the time they drive the car, thereby running on zero emissions.”

The Karma, which is built in Finland, has a starting price of $96,895.

Certification from the California Air Resources Board is still pending.