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5 Things to Watch This Week

Nobody can predict all the news that will move the markets in a given week, but here are a few things we do know will help shape the week ahead on Wall Street.

GM's Not Unplugging Chevy Volt ... But It's Low on Juice

Bad news for GM: The Chevy Volt still isn't selling the way the automaker hoped it would, so it's temporarily halting production of the battery-powered hybrids for five weeks. Worse news for GM: Shutdowns like this only make the Volt a harder sell.

3 Reasons Why You're Not Buying an Electric Car

The electric car has arrived, but odds are that there isn't one in your driveway. Several factors have gotten in the way of the eco-friendly automotive revolution, but at least now we can ask conspiracy theorists -- who argue that oil companies and the government are blocking plug-in cars from the road -- to leave the room and take their tinfoil hats with them. The electric car is here; drivers simply don't want them yet.

U.S. Employment Figures Buoy Nikkei, Buffett's BYD Boosts Hang Seng

A slight slip in the price of oil allowed Japanese investors to focus attention on positive employment figures out of the U.S., boosting the Nikkei 225 Index by 0.9%. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng also Index added 0.3%, while the Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.4%.

How a Google-Backed Startup Aims to Save Energy

Billions of dollars of electricity is wasted annually by inefficient power-conversion systems. But a new company, Transphorm, believes its technology can cut electric bills significantly -- as well as increase mileage for hybrid electric cars and boost the amount of electricity flowing from solar panels.

12 Things to Look Forward to in 2011

Oprah Winfrey portrait -things to look forward to in 2011Life is about change, so we might as well embrace it.

Looking into our crystal ball, here are a dozen things to look forward to in 2011. It should...

Electric Vehicles Coming, Ready or Not

electric vehiclesToday, if you go into the car dealership canyon of most major cities looking for a highway-worthy electric vehicle, there are two choices among the...

China Spending $15 Billion on Electric Car Project

Mindful of the ecological toll that gasoline and diesel engines exact on the environment, the Chinese government is pressing forward with plans to build 1 million electric vehicles a year by 2020. China's government plans to spend 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) in the next 10 years to subsidize the effort, which includes building plants and infrastructure to accommodate green vehicles.

GM Says Employees Can Buy IPO Shares

General Motors is offering some 600,000 employees, retirees and dealers the chance to purchase stock in the resurgent company as the auto giant moves forward with its initial public offering, slated for next month.

Tesla's IPO: No Profit,
No Product, No Problem

The luxury electric-car maker, which just got a $465 million government loan, has filed to go public. And its IPO filing is eyebrow-raising. It reveals, for instance, that Chairman and CEO Elon Musk "does not devote his full time and attention to Tesla."