Doesn't it sometimes feel like we're going backwards? Detroit Electric was founded in 1907. It was a brand of the Anderson Electric Car Company from Detroit, back when electric cars "were advertised as reliably getting 80 miles (130 km) between battery recharging. Top speed was only about 20 miles per hour (32 km/h), but this was considered adequate for driving within city or town limits at the time."
Now, Zap, the Californian maker of electric cars (the most exciting of them being the Zap-X, sadly still just a concept), and China Youngman Automotive Group are reviving the old brand. They will use it on electric cars and buses in 2009, with a "special edition" vehicle based on the original Detroit Electric planned. Zap will also use it for its upcoming (who knows when?) Alias car. ::Edmunds