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ISBN: 1578050723, 9781578050727Издательство: Sierra Club Books
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,...