The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future
By Jim Motavalli
Paperback, 280 pages
As alternative-fuel cars from major auto makers enter the U.S. market - promising far better performance and range than the disappointing electric vehicles (EVs) 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 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 explores new technologies for "clean" cars, especially hybrid (gas/electric) drives and hydrogen fuel cells.
In his research, Motavalli conducted extensive interviews with "early adopters" of alternative vehicles, energy researchers, and key auto-industry figures, giving us a clear picture of how U.S. and foreign auto makers are getting serious about "clean" cars. With his passion for automobiles and knowledge of their history and workings, he presents an insightful, informative, and highly readable book about these revolutionary cars.
Jim Motavalli, editor of E: The Environmental Magazine, is also the author of Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation That Works. He has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Salon, and many other publications. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.