Electric and Hybrid Cars

A History, 2d ed.


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About the Book

This illustrated history chronicles electric and hybrid cars from the late 19th century to today’s fuel cell and plug-in automobiles. It describes the politics, technology, marketing strategies, and environmental issues that have impacted electric and hybrid cars’ research and development. The important marketing shift from a “woman’s car” to “going green” is discussed. Milestone projects and technologies such as early batteries, hydrogen and bio-mass fuel cells, the upsurge of hybrid vehicles, and the various regulations and market forces that have shaped the industry are also covered.

About the Author(s)

Curtis D. Anderson is a pharmacist in Beaverton, Oregon. A former research analyst, website reviewer, and researcher, he is an avid auto racing fan and studies military history. He lives in Beaverton.
Judy Anderson is head reference & instruction librarian at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

Bibliographic Details

Curtis D. Anderson and Judy Anderson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 267
Bibliographic Info: 98 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3301-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5742-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Initialisms      ix

Preface      1

Introduction: The Birth of the Automobile Industry      3

1. The Evolution of the Electric Vehicle      21

2. Politics      60

3. Environment      106

4. Technology      138

5. Marketing      166

6. Conclusion      222

Appendix: Hybrids Defined      233

Chapter Notes      235

Selected Bibliography      245

Index      249

Book Reviews & Awards

“a very comprehensive historical review…recommended”—Choice; “fascinating”—Midwest Book Review; “brimming with facts”—Old Cars Weekly; “full discussions of the technologies involved and their impact on the environment are provided”—C&RL News.