Exotic electric cars build buzz

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    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Ultimately, Tesla would like to add a third, $30,000 compact electric car.

    [xfloat=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Fisker_Karma.jpg[/xfloat]Alisa Priddle - The Detroit News – Jan 13, 2009

    Let's all hope these cars do well so that the cost of electric propulsion can come down for the rest of us. -- Ed.

    The hype generated by a flurry of electric-car unveils and announcements by mainstream automakers at the 2009 Detroit auto show have overshadowed the efforts of a couple exotic models from Tesla Motors Inc. and Fisker Automotive.

    Tesla offers the only electric car on the market today -- the Tesla Roadster -- and has delivered 150 since April with about 1,000 on back order. It is a pure electric vehicle, with almost 7,000 lithium-ion battery cells giving it a range of 200 miles.

    Fisker is showing the production version of the 2010 Fisker Karma, an $87,900 plug-in hybrid luxury sport sedan slated to go on sale in late 2009, as well as a convertible version.

    While the Tesla and Fisker vehicles are for well-heeled environmentalists, they have been among the only electric vehicle options until the recent spate of cars announced by major automakers.

    Both the Tesla Roadster and Chrysler's Dodge Circuit electric vehicle concept use a Lotus body. The Tesla costs $109,000, but if the Dodge goes into production in a few years, consumers... [rm]http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090113/AUTO04/901130359[/rm]

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