2012 Fisker Karma sedan

Fisker Karma already exceeds 2025 target for CAFE standard fuel efficiency

All the doubters of the CAFE standards must take notice, that Fisker Automotive is already exceeding the 2025 target fuel efficiency required by the new CAFE standards.

In August, the Obama Administration took the long-awaited step of raising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for cars and light-duty trucks to the equivalent of 54.5 miles/gallon by the model year 2025. There has been, in some quarters, doubts raised over this increase in average fuel economy of the vehicle fleet, claiming it would be incredibly hard for the automakers to meet the new CAFE standard. However, Fisker Automotive announced today that the Fisker Karma already meets the target fuel efficiency for 2025.

Last week, at the Autobeat Insider Conference in Dearborn, Michigan, former vice-chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz said about the CAFE standard that "You can't get there from here with a conventional drivetrain." In his opinion gasoline or diesel engines, while the automakers are increasing the efficiency, will simply be unable to implement a 54.5 miles/gallon average fuel economy over the vehicle fleet. Instead, it will be electrification that enables this high a fuel efficiency.


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1.2 billion in capital. 1,000 vehicles delivered. $125K per vehicle. I love the cars, but the business model and the progress so far is questionable.
Hmm.. for a startup automaker in its first year or so of of delivering cars to deliver 1000+ cars sounds pretty impressive. It's rather expensive to start an automobile manufacturer from scratch. The last was, I have been told, Chrysler 60 years ago. Some examples of prior failed automobile starts were Tucker Automotive and DeLorean.
It's hard to get numbers out of Fisker corporate but I believe more than 1600 vehicles have been delivered. Mine is serial number 26xx (I can never remember the last two digits off-hand).
1) There is no 20205 "standard" just a 2025 "suggestion." The only standard set is for 2021 and it's not even close to 54mpg. 2) If it was a standard, the 54.5mpg is NOT the CAFE requirement, but the EPA's CO2 emissions requirement IF manufacturers met it purely with engine efficiency improvements. At best, it's a projection. In reality, it's just a nice number to make headlines out of. 3) Diesel engines are already getting better than 50mpg by NHTSA testing.