Fisker Karma Green Lighted by EPA

Let’s say that you have, say, $95,900 burning a hole in your pocket and you’ve been pining after that 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid sedan.

Let’s say that you have, say, $95,900 burning a hole in your pocket and you’ve been pining after that 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid sedan.

Given its appearance

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we are, too. But we don’t have the $95.9K in our jeans.

Anyway, good news: this week the car has received emissions certification and fuel economy ratings from the EPA, so dealers can start selling the car.

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Based on its new EV ratings calculations, the Karma has an electric driving mode energy equivalence of 52 miles per gallon city/highway. The EPA found that the car’s all-electric range is 32 miles. According to Henrik Fisker, CEO and co-founder of the company that bears his name, “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.” Given that range is predicated on such things as how hard the car is driven, and given that this is a car that appears as though it wants to be driven fast, not in some sort of hypermiler mode, we’re guessing that Mr. Fisker might be a little optimistic.

Be that as it may, the folks at Fisker have calculated that if a person has a 40-mile commute each day, given the 32-mile all-electric range, that person would need to visit a gas station every 1,000 miles, using approximately 9 gallons of gas per month.

Given what the car costs, even $5.00/gallon gas probably wouldn’t make a difference.