A History of Electric Cars

A History of Electric Cars

Book - 2013
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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 gas-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.
Publisher: Ramsbury :, Crowood,, 2013
ISBN: 9781847974617
Branch Call Number: 629.2293 Burton 2013
Characteristics: 224 pages color illustrations ; 27cm
Alternative Title: Electric cars


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