Biz Briefs: The Virtuous Fetish

Never mind its sexy, carbon-fiber chassis or that it can zip from zero to 60 in less than 5 sec. What's really impressive about the Venturi Fetish, which made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month, is that it produces nary a puff of smoke: the Fetish is powered by 100 rechargeable batteries that keep it going for 200 miles. The Fetish is emblematic of a trend in the automobile business: carmakers realize that if they hope to sell more environmentally friendly vehicles (which account for less than 1% of the cars and light trucks sold...

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