Better Place is the latest casualty in an electric vehicle market that has struggled to lure consumers who are skeptical of the short battery life, high price, and a lack of infrastructure that can require recharging stops of several hours on long trips. Here's a look at sales trends for select electric car manufacturers:
— Tesla Motors Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif.
VEHICLE: Model S
PRICE: Starts at around $70,000.
SALES TRENDS: The Model S went on sale last summer. Tesla delivered 4,900 cars in the first quarter, beating its guidance of 4,500. This month it boosted its guidance for worldwide deliveries in 2013 to 21,000, about 1,000 more than its previous target. It expects to deliver just over 4,500 cars in North America in the second quarter.
— Fisker Automotive Inc. of Anaheim, Calif.
SALES TRENDS: Fisker has sold fewer than 2,000 Karmas, despite early projections of 11,000 sales per year, and it hasn't produced any cars since its battery supplier filed for bankruptcy protection last year.
— CODA Holdings Inc. of Los Angeles
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