Can suburbia help kick-off a greentech revolution?

There’s an line of thinking that’s been going on for a long time that the suburbs of a city are about as environmentally unfriendly as you can get, particularly given the unchecked sprawl and cookie-cutter tract housing so common across the US. Is it possible though, at least as far as the relationship between renewable energy and electric vehicles go, that the suburbs could be the ideal green locale?