Fisker Karma already exceeds 2025 target for CAFE standard fuel efficiency
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.