The Fisker Karma, the world’s first luxury Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer™), is now rated to have emissions of just 47g/km CO2 in Europe, the lowest of nearly any passenger vehicle with an internal combustion engine.
At the Luxury Review, an annual showcase in Chelsea for makers of big-ticket apparel, jewelry, liquor, single-origin chocolate bars and motorized conveyances, bankruptcy may be considered gauche cocktail conversation. But parked at the center of the Metropolitan Pavilion space on West 18th Street on Wednesday evening was the Fisker Karma, the $100,000 plug-in hybrid sedan, packing lithium-ion batteries supplied by the newly bankrupt A123 Systems.
There has been a lot said on the Internet about technical issues with the Fisker Karma, including a recall for a battery problem and software upgrades.
The latest has to do with a Karma bought by Consumer Reports that broke down before the magazine could even start its regular testing procedure. The issue, as explained here, was fixed within 48 hours.
With its range-extender gasoline engine engaged, the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid was rated this week by the Environmental Protection Agency at just 20 miles per gallon. The E.P.A. figure was first reported by the blog GreenCarReports.com.
In the ensuing blowback, some critics concluded that the luxury sport sedan, which was not yet certified by the California Air Resources Board for sale in that primary E.V. market, would be a “fuel economy flop.”
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The Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is a relative heavyweight at more than 5,000 pounds, said a board member and the chief executive of the company’s powertrain supplier.
“It’s a pretty heavy car,” said Jason Forcier, vice president of A123 Systems, Fisker Automotive’s battery supplier, and a Fisker board member. “But you have to look at all the technology, which includes a large gas engine, large electric motors and large batteries.”
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