The Fisker Karma: What Walden Schmidt drives

The Karma concept car is diplayed at Fisker Automotive carmaker's booth on March 1, 2011 during the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva. The show in the wealthy Swiss city attracts an expected 700,000 paying... Read more Getty Images

The Karma concept car is diplayed at Fisker Automotive carmaker's booth on March 1, 2011, during the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva.
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(CBS) Never heard of the Fisker Karma, the luxury sedan, Justin Bieber got from his manager for his 18th birthday?

Maybe that's because the first of these "green" vehicles didn't hit U.S. roads until last November.

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According to its website, the Fisker Karma is the world's first premium hybrid electric vehicle. Manufactured in Finland, it is the first car produced by California-based Fisker Autimotive, a new car company founded in 2007.

The Karma was introduced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show and was supposed to go into production in 2009. Because of delays, production did not begin until July.

According to thecarconnection.com, the Karma uses a 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to power two 200-horsepower electric motors. The EPA rates it at 32 miles of all-electric range, after which a gas engine kicks in to power the generator that produces electric power for another 200 miles.

The car retails from $102,000 for the basic model, to $116,000.

Fans of the CBS hit "Two and Half Men" will recognize it as the car driven by Ashton Kutcher's character, Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt.

  • CBS News Staff

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