Justin Bieber's plug-in birthday gift

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber Bang Showbiz

WHAT 18th birthday present do you get for the person who seemingly has everything - especially when their 16th birthday present was a Lamborghini Gallardo convertible from hip-hop artist P Diddy?

Teenage heart-throb, pop-singer and car enthusiast Justin Bieber has been given a $100,000 electrically-powered limousine by his manager on live television.

The handover was broadcast on the talkshow "Ellen", where Bieber was given the keys to a shiny black example of the Fisker Karma - a car made by a company surrounded in controversy having missed ambitious production deadlines despite government handouts.

The Fisker Karma will look a little out of place with the rest of Bieber's fuel guzzlers.

He has the aforementioned Gallardo, a Range Rover, a Rolls Royce and a matte black Porsche 911 Turbo.

In September last year Bieber had a minor car park bingle with a Honda Civic while he was driving his matte black Ferrari F430.

It is not clear whether Bieber's manager paid for the Karma or if it came free of charge or was heavily discounted.

The company certainly got its money's worth in publicity - at a time when the car maker is under a cloud.

Its other high-profile owner is Ashton Kutcher, whose character Walden Schmidt drives a Karma in Two and a Half Men.

Fisker - named after former Aston Martin and BMW designer Henrik Fisker who heads the company - received generous grants from the US government under an alternative energy scheme.

But so far the vehicle has not met its production deadlines and the company is trying to raise new capital to get production up and running at full capacity.

Similar to the system used in the Chevrolet Volt, the Fisker Karma is primarily driven by an electric motor - but it has a small petrol engine to charge the battery when it goes flat.

Topics:  justin bieber, sports cars



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