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Published on March 1st, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Justin Bieber's 18th Birthday Present: $100,000 Electric Car — Fisker Karma (VIDEO)

March 1st, 2012 by

 
A $100,000 electric car (actually, plug-in hybrid) with super style, the Fisker Karma — it’s not the worst present you could receive on your 18th present, and I’m sure (somewhat) greenie Justin Bieber isn’t complaining, after receiving it from his campaign manager for his 18th birthday.

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Justin Bieber's new electric car, as presented on Ellen.

Scott Braun, Bieber’s manager, actually presented Bieber with the car on Ellen (the Ellen Degeneres Show) today.

“We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you’re on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly,” Braun said as DeGeneres smiled large. “And we decided to get you a car that would make you stand out. I think you know where I’m going, and you’re kind of freaking out right now. That’s a Fisker Karma.”

Bieber looked pretty surprised and enthused. Watch the video below:

The Fisker Karma is, of course, a fancy electric car. It’s also, just released in December, reportedly the first luxury electric car with extended range. You may have also noticed that the car includes a solar panel in the roof. But the Fisker Karma isn’t actually the greenest car in the world. The car only gets 30-50 miles on electricity alone.

Chris DeMorro of sister site Gas2 thinks a lot more support should be going to the even more popular, better-performing, and greener electric vehicles made by competitor Tesla than to Fisker, which is facing a bit of trouble with Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantees:

“If anything, Obama needs to cut off Fisker’s funding and double down on Tesla. I know that sounds harsh, but so far Tesla is the only company with the means to build electric cars with the range and performance of conventional gas-powered cars.”

Interestingly, Chris was quite into the Karma back in March 2011 (one year ago). At that time, he wrote: “It seems like its been a decade since Fisker first introduced the world to its super-sexy plug-in hybrid, the Karma (though it’s only just over three years). Finally though, the first Karma is complete, with more to come…. This has been a long time coming, and the Karma is at the top of the list of cars-I’d-give-up-beer-but-not-bacon-for. Never giving up bacon (and there’s always whiskey!)”

Chris now thinks that despite its very sexy look, after a less-than-spectacular release, it won’t come close to meeting its sales targets. He says he’ll be surprised if Fisker sells half of the 10,000 Karmas is expects to sell in 2012. We’ll see. I imagine Bieber getting the car might inspire some others in his income bracket to do so as well.. of course, it might also deter Bieber-haters from getting one. What are your thoughts on this?

h/t LA Times

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • Jake

    Lets do some research before making ignorant claims that it will be less efficient than coal or crude oil byproducts. The Karma Fisker runs off of electric batteries and a 100mpg engine. Electricity is far more efficient to create at a power plant than it is to make in a combustion engine in a mobile vehicle. This car is made from recycled materials which is more than I can say about nearly every other vehicle on the market today. Do research before making ignorant comments please!

  • KM

    Sorry, where is electricity generated from by and large? Coal?! Or man made reoriented hydro sources?!?!? SUPER…we should all think this green! OH, and he got to the Ellen show via his own two feet? Don’t think so….be real about carbon footprints please.

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/zshahan/ Zachary Shahan

      We increasingly get our energy from clean energy. Coal is now less than 50% of U.S. energy supply (43% if i remember right). EVs will help to put more renewable energy on the grid, also, by providing home energy storage. Next step would get Bieber hooked up with a solar power system.

  • Chris chan

    I do not understand why US gov’t made lowest interest to EV companies to make EV that most Americans cannot afford to buy. I am so glade that gov’t stop Fisker from withdraw more loan.

  • Sam sok

    Some rich people do not care much about how much gas price is
    They can buy everything they want. Most of them drive a car that get 12 miles per gallon. They care more about their safety than saving money on gasolin. Electric cars should be cheaper than gas engine cars because they have limited range. As we all know average Americans who make 50000 to $60000 a year cannot afford to buy an EV that costs $35000 to $60000! Only the rich can. Poor people cannot help gov’t in improving air quality because EV costs too much they simply cannot afford it.

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/zshahan/ Zachary Shahan

      Well, actually, over the course of a few years, EVs can be cheaper than or as cheap as comparable gas-powered cars. The cost of operating an EV is must cheaper and balances out the initial cost in some years.

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