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2011-11-17 14:02

STYLISHLY FRUGAL: The Fisker Karma has a ridiculously low fuel consumption of 2.1 litres/100km and isn’t too bad on the eyes with its stylish design. Though we’re not sold on calling its electric drive option stealth mode…

Electric automaker Fisker has produced an electric sedan capable of 2.1 litres/100km (combined cycle) while emitting only 51g/km of C02, according to independent testing by the Technischer Üeberwachungs Verein (TÜV).

The Karma is powered by two rear-mounted 150kW electric motors and a petrol engine driving a 175kW electric generator to power them.

TÜV tests also validated the Karma’s all-electric range at 83km. The Karma can run on all-electric power  up to a range of 483 km before a stop for petrol or recharge is required.

CEO and co-founder Henrik Fisker said: “We are naturally very pleased with the TÜV results, which show we have delivered better than our anticipated fuel efficiency figures.


“We believe the Karma is a car well-suited to the lifestyles of many people in Europe, and these results reinforce that position,” said Fisker.

Presumably taking a cue from James Bond flicks, the Karma featured two drive modes - Stealth and Sport.
The Stealth mode maximises efficiency by using utilising battery power before activating the petrol-driven generator to sustain battery charge. In Stealth mode, the Karma can accelerate from 0-100km in 7.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 153 km/h.

In sport mode, the petrol engine drives the generator to produce 298kW, allowing the Karma to accelerate from 0 - 100km in 5.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 201 km/h.

The Fisker Karma is already in production at the Valmet Automotive’s Uusikaupunki facility in Finland.

Fuel economy: Combined cycle
Fuel consumption - 2.1 litres/100km
Electric range - 83 km
CO2 - 51 g/km

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