Forward Drive

The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future

By Motavalli, Jim

Publishers Summary:
Alternative-fuel cars from major automakers are entering the U.S. market -- promising far better performance and range than the disappointing electric vehicles of past decades -- "clean" cars are no longer being relegated to side-show status; they're about to take center stage.Forward Drive presents the fascinating story of the race to build the cars of the future -- ones that can help to address the problems (including global warming, fossil-fuel depletion, and urban sprawl) that have accompanied the rise and spread of traditional gas-powered cars. The book traces the history of automobile development, including early attempts to create practical electric vehicles, and it explores new technologies for clean cars, especially hybrid (gas/electric) drives and hydrogen-based fuel cells.In his research, author Jim Motavalli conducted extensive interviews with fuel-cell makers, energy researchers, and key auto-industry figures at GM, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, and Honda, giving us a clear picture of how U.S. and foreign automakers are getting serious about clean cars. With his passion for cars and his knowledge of their history and workings, he presents an insightful, informative, and highly readable book about revolutionary cars on the immediate horizon.

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ISBN
978-1-57805-035-2
Publisher
Sierra Club Books for Children


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Reviewed on February 1, 2000

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 researchers, early adopters of alternative-fuel vehicles, and key auto industry figures to produce this uniquely insightful look at the future of "clean" cars. Unfortunately, si...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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