Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn raises his forecast for electric vehicle sales once again. Then he quits to run the European Central Bank and preside over the bankruptcy of Italy, leaving to his successor the job of explaining why the range of the battery-powered Leaf drops to 300 yards when the headlights, audio system, air conditioner, and windshield wipers are all operating at once.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 29 2011: 5:20 AM ET
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