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Between the credit crunch and the wholesale collapse of Detroit, the odds on the electric car have been looking pretty slim. But it’s hard to overestimate the power of a good idea.

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids is about to roll out the LH4, a biodiesel-powered hybrid that gets 100 miles-per-gallon. Best of all, they plan to retail the cars for $40,000 and up, which would result in a surprisingly accessible end product. It’s not quite electric, but it’ll certainly do for now.

Let’s just hope they do better than Tesla.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom