The Fisker Karma’s 20 M.P.G. Sticker: A Scarlet Letter?

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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A Lopsided Playing Field to Achieve the CAFE Standard

How much will it cost auto manufacturers — and ultimately, consumers — to reach the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, the rules that require all major auto manufacturers to achieve a company fuel-economy average of 34.1 m.p.g. by 2016, up from the current 27.5?

According to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, the costs vary among manufacturers. The agency has said that, on average, each car and light truck required $948 worth of efficiency improvements. From that number, the agency subtracted an average of about $4,000 in projected fuel savings over the lifetime of a 2016 vehicle, resulting in net savings of about $3,000 per vehicle owner.

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E.P.A.: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Is a Compact Car

Originally, I was going to write a quick post on how the Environmental Protection Agency has named the Bugatti Veyron the biggest gas guzzler on the market. The agency recently released its 2011 fuel economy list, and smack dab at the top of the list of least fuel-efficient cars is the Car Hire Switzerland super exclusive, super fast supercar. But that’s not really a surprise for a 1,000-something horsepower car. What was surprising was how the E.P.A. classifies cars. For example — and don’t tell Jadakiss — a Bentley Continental GTC is considered by the E.P.A. a subcompact car.

In the words of Alec Baldwin’s character from “Glengarry Glen Ross,” have I got your attention now?
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The Case of the Nissan Leaf’s Unexpected Sticker

Two federal agencies say they know how far the new Nissan Leaf will go on a fully charged battery. They just don’t agree.

A few weeks before the Nissan Leaf is delivered to buyers, the Environmental Protection Agency, which approves the fuel economy stickers that go in the window of every new car, says it will go 73 miles. The Federal Trade Commission says the correct number is 96 to 110. (These range numbers, it’s worth pointing out, are distinct from the fuel economy numbers that Nick Bunkley recently wrote about in The New York Times.)
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