The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 19, 2016 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
The Great Race recounts the exciting story of a century-long battle among automakers for market share, profit, and technological dominance—and the thrilling race to build the car of the future.

The world’s great manufacturing juggernaut—the $3 trillion automotive industry—is in the throes of a revolution. Its future will include cars Henry Ford and Karl Benz could scarcely imagine. They will drive themselves, won’t consume oil, and will come in radical shapes and sizes. But the path to that future is fraught. The top contenders are two traditional manufacturing giants, the US and Japan, and a newcomer, China.

Team America has a powerful and little-known weapon in its arsenal: a small group of technology buffs and regulators from California. The story of why and how these men and women could shape the future—how you move, how you work, how you live on Earth—is an unexpected tale filled with unforgettable characters: a scorned chemistry professor, a South African visionary who went for broke, an ambitious Chinese ex-pat, a quixotic Japanese nuclear engineer, and a string of billion-dollar wagers by governments and corporations.

“To explain the scramble for the next-generation auto—and the roles played in that race by governments, auto makers, venture capitalists, environmentalists, and private inventors—comes Levi Tillemann’s The Great Race…Mr. Tillemann seems ideally cast to guide us through the big ideas percolating in the world’s far-flung workshops and labs” (The Wall Street Journal). His account is incisive and riveting, explaining how America bounced back in this global contest and what it will take to command the industrial future.
 

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Levi Tilleman is a superb journalist and an excellent writer who has painstakingly chronicled the past, present and future of the automobile. He gives extraordinary attention to electric vehicles ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The New Emperor and Wan Gangs EcoWonderland
15
How One State Began a Global
29
Japans Strategic Capitalism
41
The Audacity of Honda
56
Sudden Impact
68
CARBs Long Reach
77
The Electric Car Is Dead Long Live the Electric Car
89
Chinas Olympic Scramble and Economic
203
Chinas Crisis of Competence 211 The Mountains Are Tall and the Emperor Is Far Away
214
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The Last Lap
255
Select Bibliography
275
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Sea Turtles Spaceships and the Hydrogen Economy
107
Finding Some Alternative 115 10 Crazy Anegawa
117
Challenging the Big Green Monster
149
Americas Industrial Implosion
157
Money Power and the Stimulus Melee
166
The Demons of Fukushima
185
Notes
297
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Acknowledgments
309
Index
315
Photo Credits
337
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Levi Tillemann is the Cal and Jeff Leonard Fellow at the New America Foundation. He previously served as Special Advisor for Policy and International Affairs at the US Department of Energy. Prior to that, Tillemann was the CEO of IRIS Engines—a company he founded with his inventor father to develop a smaller, more efficient, and more powerful combustion engine. Tillemann was also an Associate Director at IHS Energy. He has a PhD from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and speaks Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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