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Is the Electric Car Revolution Running Out of Juice?

Electric car sales are nowhere near what the auto industry -- or Washington -- hoped they'd be by now, though Tesla Motors' hot Model S sedan doing great, and the the Chevy Volt is finally getting some traction. But is the electric revolution stalled, or just accelerating too slowly?

What to Watch This Week: Tablets, Teslas, Books and Bedding

Here are a few things that will shape the week ahead on Wall Street: Microsoft will show off Windows 8 tablets; Tesla's hot Model S will reach buyers; Cricket gets the iPhone; Barnes & Noble opens its books; and Bed Bath & Beyond turns back the covers on earnings.

What to Watch this Week: Electric Cars, Earnings and Eccentrics

What will help shape the week that lies ahead on Wall Street? Video game companies will let us know the score; satellite TV providers will give us a signal; Tesla and Priceline are traveling forward; and Johnny Depp and Tim Burton could put some teeth in the year's box office numbers.

America's Wealthy Step Up to the Plate

This month, 12 more billionaire families committed to donate at least half of their wealth to charity by taking the Giving Pledge. Here are introductions to some of the new signatories and their pet philanthropic projects.

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.

Toyota's Still Tops to Consumers, but Ford's Closing In

Despite its troubles in recent years, Toyota retained its crown in Consumer Reports' annual survey of auto-brand perception, but the survey also showed that Ford is rapidly closing the gap, and other brands aren't far behind.

Corvette Autumn: Will the Next New Vette Be the Last?

Last week, the auto paparazzi brought us pictures of the prototype 2013 Corvette, which will apparently reprise the classic Vette formula. But in an era of high gas prices and tightening environmental regulations, how much longer can GM's horsepower party last?

Will You Buy an Electric Car? Tesla Hopes So

Upstart automaker Tesla Motors confirmed this week that its groundbreaking Model S, an all-electric luxury-sports sedan, was on track to enter production by this summer. It already has pre-orders for more than 8,000. Is the moment coming soon when electric cars go mainstream?

Ford Fusion Revamp Steals the Detroit Auto Show

There was nothing wrong with the old Ford Fusion. In fact, it had its best sales year ever in 2011. It's a good-looking, high-quality sedan and a good value. But when Ford took the wraps off the new Fusion this week, it had been transformed from a good hybrid to a deluxe hottie.

Red Star Rising: Is U.S. Losing the Space Race?

On Sept. 29, 2011, the first module of a new space station blasted into orbit, initiating an era of space exploration different in one key respect: We didn't launch this station; China did. And while China's ascendance to space superpower confirms changes in the global economy, you shouldn't count the U.S. out of space just yet.

GM Makes a Deal for Cheaper, Longer-Lasting Batteries

The automaker has licensed technology from the Energy Department's Argonne National Laboratory that will boost the performance of lithium-ion battery cells. The next-generation power packs will be made at a new plant in Michigan by Korea's LG Chem.

Toyota Revives Miss. Plant, Will Boost U.S. Production

Toyota plans to rev up its vehicle production in the U.S., despite November's 7.3% drop in U.S. sales. The automaker has hired the first of an expected 2,000 workers for a new Mississippi Corolla plant, and says it expects to boost overall capacity utilization significantly from last year's weak levels.

Toyota Sues Old GM for Exiting California Joint Venture

Toyota Motor is reportedly suing what remains of the discarded assets of the "old GM," officially known as Motors Liquidation Co., for pulling out of the companies' joint venture in California, a manufacturing plant known as Nummi.

Tesla Motors Recalls Roadsters for Fire Danger

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is recalling 439 cars because of a possible danger of fire. The company is recalling Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5 after an incident where a cable chafed against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the car, creating smoke and possibly fire behind the right headlamp.

Toyota May Supply Germany's Daimler with Hybrid Tech

Toyota is allegedly in talks to supply technology and key components for hybrid vehicles to Germany's Daimler, according to a report Thursday in the Nikkei Business Daily newspaper. If a deal is made, Daimler would become fourth automaker to use Toyota's gas-electric hybrid technology.

The 10 Hottest Tech Start-Ups of 2010

As the U.S economy emerges from recession, a new crop of start-ups is blooming. From micro-blogging to social gaming and genetic testing, DailyFinance takes a look at ten companies that stand a chance of becoming the tech leaders of the next decade.

IPOs Are Coming Back Strong in 2010

IPOs increased last quarter to their best pace since the financial crisis began, and the pipeline is filled with highly anticipated new offerings. It's a sign that markets are more willing to finance long-term growth, and that investors are again willing to take risks for higher returns.

At $41,000, Will Buyers Plug Into Chevy's Volt?

GM has finally put a sticker price on its much anticipated plug-in electric hybrid. Granted, a hefty federal tax credit will defray the cost, but the Volt carries a premium price. GM's challenge now is convincing consumers the Volt is worth it.

Honda Plugs Into the Electric-Car Bandwagon

With Honda's president saying the company had "no future" if it didn't make vehicles that emitted less carbon dioxide, the Japanese carmaker is now gearing up to join Toyota, GM and Nissan in the electric-car and plug-in hybird derby.

Hefty U.S. Funds to Jump-Start Electric-Car Sector

Federal funds will help create a big-enough manufacturing base to produce up to 500,000 electric cars yearly by 2015, according to the Energy Department. The funds, part of the economic stimulus program, will also boost the U.S. share of global battery production to 40% by 2015.

Tesla's Shiny New Stock
Runs Out of Juice

Electric car maker Tesla's Roadster has amazing acceleration, but the rise and fall of the company's stock after its high-profile IPO was even faster. Tesla debuted on the public market last week at $17 a share and shot up 79% to $30.42 in two days. Now, it's back below the IPO price.