Fisker Karma certified, selling, and shipping in the States

Fisker Automotive’s new luxury sports sedan breezed past three milestones this week.

 

Fisker Automotive’s new luxury sports sedan breezed past three milestones this week, as the car received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the first shipment arrived in the US, and the company logged its first official sale.

The Karma Sedan features a “range-extended electric powertrain.” The 2.0-liter gasoline engine runs a generator, which charges the lithium-ion battery and powers two electric motors. According to the EPA test results, the Karma offers 52 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and 32 miles of range in all-electric mode.

With the EPA waving the green flag, the first shipment of 39 Karmas rolled off the docks in New Jersey last week and fanned out across the country, most of them destined to be used as dealer demonstrators. A spokesman said that Fisker’s factory in Finland should be producing 300 units per week by the end of 2011, and is capable of turning out 15,000 cars per year.

“With receipt of EPA certification in hand, we have achieved a major milestone by recording the first sales of our groundbreaking Karma Sedan,” said CEO Henrik Fisker. “Production of the Karma is ramping, and we have a strong dealer network in place so we can deliver many more of these truly amazing automobiles to customers during the remainder of 2011 and for many years to come.”

 

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