Forward Drive: The Race to Build the Clean Car of the Future

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Routledge, Oct 14, 2014 - Political Science - 280 pages
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This comprehensive account of the past, present and future of the automobile examines the key trends, key technologies and key players involved in the race to develop clean, environmentally friendly vehicles that are affordable and that do not compromise on safety or design. Undertaking a rigorous interrogation of our global dependency on oil, the author demonstrates just how unwise and unnecessary this is in light of current developments such as the fuel cell revolution and the increasing viability of hybrid cars, which use both petrol and electricity - innovations that could signal a new era of clean, sustainable energy. The arguments put forward draw on support from an eclectic range of sources - including industry insiders, scientists, economists and environmentalists - to make for an enlightening read.
 

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FORWARD DRIVE: The Race to Build ``Clean Cars'' for the Future

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Why should we hate the conventional automobile, with its infernal combustion, and pay heed to alternative-fueled cars? Journalist Motavalli (editor, E magazine) counts the reasons. It is not exactly ... Read full review

Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future

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Steering attention away from "electric" cars, this new volume focuses instead on the newest technologies that will produce cleaner, less wasteful, full-service cars. Motavalli interviewed energy ... Read full review

Contents

A Brief History of Alternative Motion
1
Internal Combustions Rapid Rise and Coming Decline
17
New Technologies for the Clean Car
29
Living With a Batterypowered EV
55
Getting Serious About Green Cars
89
Europe on the Fast Track
135
Chapter 7 A New Sun Rises in Japan
169
Visionaries Pessimists and Investors at the Crossroads
179
Clean Cars and Sustainable Transportation in the 21st Century
205
List of Interviewees
221
Notes
227
Select Bibliography
245
Index
249
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Jim Motavalli is Editor of E: The Environmental Magazine, the only national independent environmental bi-monthly in the US. He occasionally writes for The New York Times 'Automobiles' section, is the 'Autos and Environment' columnist for Cleveland's daily Plain Dealer and produces a weekly car column which appears in The Philadelphia Review and the New Mass Media papers. His writing on population won a 1999 Global Media Award from the Population Institute. His freelance writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Cars.com, The Guardian, Tomorrow Magazine and Sierra. Motavalli hosts a bi-weekly public affairs and music radio show on listener-supported WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He previously taught communications at the University of Connecticut, Stamford and now teaches journalism at Fairfield University.

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