Taking charge: the electric automobile in America

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Smithsonian Institution Press, Aug 17, 1994 - Transportation - 225 pages
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In Taking Charge, Michael Schiffer describes the history and future promise of electric cars in America. Charting the early trajectory of the electric automobile from 1895 to 1920, he argues that its failure had as much to do with money and gender as technological shortcomings. Detailing recent advances in batteries and recharging ability, as well as environmental mandates for cleaner alternatives to gasoline engines, he argues that the time has come for the electric automobile to be charged again. Taking Charge revisits the race between electric and gasoline-powered cars in all its aspects, including the little-known collaboration of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison on Ford's electric car. Looking to the future, Michael Schiffer suggests that for Americans it may be time for the fabled victory of the tortoise over the hare.

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Very Good! This small book covers all the electric automobiles ever built in America including the new semi electric Toyota Prius. Read full review

Contents

ON TROLLEYS AND BICYCLES
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GETTING A CHARGE
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About the author (1994)

Michael Brian Schiffer is professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona.

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