9 electric car stalls, misses, and crackups

Making electric cars isn't rocket science -- it's a lot harder.

Electric blues
Electric blues
Entrepreneur Elon Musk recently scored an historic triumph when the space capsule launched by his Space Exploration Technologies completed a nine-day mission to resupply the International Space Station.

Getting his fledgling electric car company off the ground is proving a bigger challenge. Tesla sales have screeched to a halt while it gets ready to launch its first all-new model.

For a fledgling motor manufacturer, there are many potholes on the road to prosperity: incompetent suppliers, immovable government regulations, insufficient financing, and an infinite number of others obstacles. Here's a look at how nine recent EV manufacturer and supplier startups are faring.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large - Last updated June 06 2012: 9:50 AM ET