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The Future of Electric Batteries

As Detroit and the surrounding area moves from a one-industry region into a more uncertain future, one spinoff from the auto industry may play a big role. Electric batteries, which promise to power the cars of the future, could be a technology and employment leader for Michigan. Consulting firm Pike Research estimates that the global market for lithium-iron batteries could grow from $875.6 million this year to $8 billion by 2015. To support that, the Obama Administration has seeded the industry with several major grants.

What would you like to know about the future of electric batteries? On March 25, TIME correspondent Steven Gray will discuss the future of electric batteries with three leaders in the field: Nancy Gioia, director of global electrification at Ford Motor; Ann Marie Sastry, CEO of startup Sakti3; and Eric Shreffler, Sector Development Director of Advanced Energy Storage for the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Submit your questions for Gioia, Sastry and Sheffler below, then see the video coming soon on

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