Electric cars hold promise, small presence in Columbia

Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:36 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 21, 2013

COLUMBIA — The sleek wine-red hatchback starts up noiselessly, emitting a soft beep as it glides backward from its parking space outside Panera Bread on Conley Road. Klaudia Rejmer and Kelly Patterson are big fans of their Nissan Leaf.