11 Big Ideas to Watch in 2011

Yoko Furusho
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5. Resuscitating Electric Cars

After a decade of fits and starts, the electric car business is revving up. Tesla Motors, Elon Musk's electric car start-up, is now public and is poised to being manufacturing its next-generation electric sedan. It could help build momentum for other electric car start-ups that have products in the pipeline, such as Fisker and Coda. Meanwhile, the hotly anticipated 2011 Chevy Volt, sold by a resurgent GM, will create opportunities for a new generation of automotive suppliers.