History of Electric Cars

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Crowood, Jun 30, 2013 - Transportation - 224 pages
One hundred years ago electric cars were the most popular automobiles in the world. In the late nineteenth century and at the start of the twentieth century, they outsold every other type of car. And yet, within a couple of decades of the start of the twentieth century, the electric car had vanished. Thousands of battery-powered cars disappeared from the streets, replaced by the internal combustion engine, and their place in the history of the automobile was quietly erased. A century later, electric cars are making a comeback. Fears over pollution and global warming have forced manufacturers to reconsider the electric concept. A History of Electric Cars presents for the first time the full story of electric cars and their hybrid cousins. It examines how and why electric cars failed the first time - and why today's car manufacterers must learn the lessons of the past if they are to avoid repeating previous mistakes all over again. The book examines in detail: Early vehicles such as the Lohner-Porsche petrol-electric hybrid of 1901; Key figures in the history of the electric car development such as Henry Ford; Sir Clive Sinclair's plans to build a number of electric vehicles, designed to sit alongside the Sinclair C5; The return of the electric technology to vehicles as diverse as the NASA Lunar Rover, commuting vehicles and supercars; Future developments in electric cars. For the first time the full story of electric cars and their hybrids are examined.The hidden past of the electric automobile is uncovered and its future developments are discussed. Superbly illustrated with 300 colour photographs, many of which are rare and original sketch designs. Nigel Burton has written and lectured on cars and automotive history for more than twenty years.
 

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Contents

BEGINNINGS
ELECTRIC CABS AND THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE COMPANY
THE GOLDEN
THE DARKAGES 5 THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES
THE EIGHTIES AND NINETIES
THE GENERAL MOTORS
THE TOYOTA PRIUS AND THE HONDA INSIGHT
NEWHYBRIDS AND THENISSAN LEAF 10 FROM COMMUTER CARS TO SUPERCARS ALL THE WORLD LOVES
the More Things Change theMore They Staythe Same References
Index
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Nigel Burton has been testing and writing about cars for more than two decades. The Toyota MR2 holds a special place in his heart, as it was the first car he road tested as a young journalist and he once owned a much-cherished MR2 Mk II. Currently Motoring Editor of The Northern Echo, Nigel is a former motoring correspondent for ITV Teletext. Prior to this, he wrote A History of Electric Cars, also published by Crowood.

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