Fisker Karma
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Fisker Automotive made a splash at January’s Detroit auto show with a sculptural sedan, the Karma, that it says will reach 125 miles per hour and cost $80,000. Unlike competitors’ vehicles, the Karma is a plug-in hybrid, using battery and gasoline power. (Fisker Automotive)
In the case of the Mini E, BMW discovered that although its range was lab-tested at 156 miles per charge, real-world driving put it closer to 100. Installing a 240-volt charger in every driver’s garage also proved tricky, since many of the houses didn’t have sufficient capacity to support the load. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)
Zap in Santa Rosa sells electric scooters and low-speed, three-wheel cars, and CEO Steven Schneider says Zap plans to sell a highway legal three-wheeler starting next year. (Zap Alias)
Ontario-based Phoenix Motorcars Inc., plans to build an electric vehicle using a Korean Ssanyong„© pickup powered by a battery that can be charged in as little as 10 minutes. (Phoenix Motorcars)
Despite challenges, San Carlos’ Tesla Motors says it hopes to complete nearly 1,000 all-electric Roadsters by year’s end and to open three retail outlets, including one in Santa Monica.

Related story: Mini E lease program has electric vehicle fans all charged up (Robert Durell/ Los Angeles Times)