As gasoline prices rise again, you might expect demand for electric vehicles to be strong. Struggling EV companies certainly hope so.
So far, however, consumers haven't been willing to pay significantly more for a vehicle with limited range that can't easily be "refilled." Without sales to provide cash, many EV manufacturers were hoping for money from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program. But political controversy after a few well-publicized bankruptcies has apparently idled the program until after the presidential election.
That leaves EV makers in a tough position. Some are moving forward, albeit slowly. Others are stalled, lacking funds to build vehicles and an uncertain demand even if they could. And some have gone under.
Here's a look at how high-profile and less prominent EV makers are faring. Their fate offers a snapshot of the green-car movement.