Now that Justin Bieber has a Fisker what’s a Fisker?

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Fisker Karma

Now that Justin Bieber has a what’s a Fisker?


You you’ve made an impact one of your plug-in hybrid turns up on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show being as an 18th birthday present to heartthrob Justin Bieber.

was the case last week the Beeb received the surprise the new Fisker Karma. The singing is just the latest of the Hollywood reportedly tooling around in a Karma, joining the likes of Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The is the first product of a start-up car an attempt to unite the latest in car style — the slope-backed auto a Jaguar or an Audi A7 — with hybrid economy. With a like Karma, you know oh-so-Hollywood: It even has an animal-products-free (no edition.

The Karma is rated as capable of going 33 miles or on electric power before its gas kicks in. It can be recharged overnight in a from a standard electrical

The car is the brainchild of Danish-born auto Henrik Fisker, who is best for his designs at BMW. In nursing the of bringing style to electric his timing couldn’t have better:

He appeared with a of the car at the 2008 North American Auto Show in Detroit a before a new Democratic administration was to fund promising alternative-energy

But star power won’t be to make a success of Fisker Even as it launches its first Fisker is having its share of troubles:

Fisker has been cut off the rest of its $529 million in Department loans, after more than $190 About $24 million was being to develop its next product, a sedan yet to be unveiled that is to be at a refitted former General plant in Delaware. The so-called Nina is now on hold, and 50 workers laid off after Fisker to meet milestones that conditions of the loan. Fisker to restart it with private Investors have already more than $850 in the automaker since its founding, the says.

But because of the federal loans, has become a political football. The Department loan program has more scrutiny after panel maker Solyndra’s went bad. In addition, million in Fisker’s government has been spent — all in the U.S.

emphasizes — to develop the Karma, but the car is built by a contract manufacturer in

Fisker underwent a management last week. Henrik will move into the as executive chairman, focusing on design. Former Chrysler executive Tom LaSorda is taking as CEO.

While generally well-received in reviews so far, the Karma was at just 54 miles-per-gallon equivalent, 4 mpg more than a standard Prius hybrid. And although the is fairly big on the outside, it was government-designated as a because it’s fairly inside.

Still, it’s a that Anaheim, Calif.-based Fisker was able to create a car from scratch and get it into More than 1,500 been made, so far. The which has almost 500 employees in the is already talking about another version of the Karma a hatchback, a style popular in where the car also is on sale.

The itself is a technical wonder. It has a stealth mode, in which the can choose to travel on electric and a sport mode for a mix of electricity and the gas The car emits a Jetsons-like chirp to pedestrians that it’s when running in stealth.

The 22-inch wheels don’t promote better gas mileage smaller, lighter wheels but were considered a concession to

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The Fisker handles well, but is so low that drivers need to hit the to avoid scraping the front air dam on bumps or sudden dips in the

The cockpit is plenty comfortable, but the seat is cramped. The battery runs down the center of the front to rear, at elbow leaving each passenger the feeling they inhabit own distinct pod. Still, the has a growing list of fans.

did an amazing job, says Ron publisher of the Green Car Journal. he drove the Karma recently at the its Los press launch, of the Karma, would roll down windows and say, ‘That is the car that I’ve seen.’

But Chelsea Sexton, an electric-car who also took a turn at the expressed concern about she considered cheap touches. It had some quality issues, she You can see (plastic) through the front

Henrik Fisker is quick to it.

Sure, the Karma was designated a car, in part because the pack forms a center in the low-slung cabin and takes up But Fisker says the designation is since luxury models as the Bentley Continental GTC and Aston Rapide also are designated I don’t think anyone attention to that.

Likewise, the modest overall fuel-economy for a plug-in isn’t cause for the founder says. Fisker the car’s electric-only mode nearly his entire 55-mile each way every workday.

has been behind schedule to market, but Fisker underscores it still went from to showroom in about 48 months. We out with this car before from) German and Japanese he says.

Roland Hwang, transportation director of the Natural Resources Council, is sympathetic: In the bigger of things, we all know that will be a few bumps in road on the way to any new technology.

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