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Fisker Karma: Range Extended Electric Car Ultimate Guide

 
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2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic, New York City, Jan 2012

2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic, New York City, Jan 2012

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Make a car desirable enough, and people will buy it whatever is powering the wheels.

That's the theory anyway, but in a world of unease over the suitability of electric cars, the Henrik Fisker has taken the more comfortable, usable route to creating an electric car: The range-extended Fisker Karma.

When the EPA-rated 32-mile electric range is depleted, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine kicks in to generate power, keeping the electric motors running. The $102,000 Karma gets 52 MPGe under electric power and 20 MPG in range-sustaining gasoline mode.

Full review: 2012 Fisker Karma

We've been covering the Karma for quite a while now, so to find out more, check out the links below. The list will be updated periodically. Look for the "New!" tag to read the latest articles, and the links to the top of each catagory are the most recent.

You might want to take a look at page 2, too--our coverage of fires, financial issues, furloughs and failures is filling up fast, as Fisker Automotive appears to be going through its death throes.

Driving the Karma

So what's the 2012 Fisker Karma like when you're behind the wheel? Pretty good actually, and we've driven it a few times now to bring you our impressions. Click on any of the links below to go to the relevant test drive.

Buying, owning and sales

The Karma hasn't had an easy time coming to market, but now drivers can experience the Karma for themselves. You can read about the Karma's pricing, or read about the company's battery glitch fixes by clicking here. For more information, there's a wealth of links below.

Karma economy

Range-extended electric vehicles should have great economy, right? Well, not necessarily, and Fisker wasn't best pleased at the official EPA ratings--you could say the EPA was giving them bad Karma. Also, the Karma is apparently a subcompact too--no, really. For more, click the links below.




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  1. Why would anyone buy a Karma when they could buy a Tesla that would save you so much more and most likely cheaper than $100,000? Now I could not afford either car and that is why I bought a C-Max Energi. On a recent trip of 471 miles that took me over the Coast Range in Oregon and back I got 54 mpg! And that was probably 75% on the gas engine at 60 mph along I-84 and probably an average mph of 50 on Oregon route 6.
     
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  2. For a science teacher in Washington state, it is a sad day that he doesn't understand the difference between MPG and MPGe...

    No wonder our kids are failing in the world of science.
     
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  3. "75% on the gas engine"

    So your extended range MPG is really only 54*0.75 = 40.5mpg. BARELY matches EPA rating and below EPA's hwy rating!!!!
     
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