Browse Publications Books R-322
2001-11-01

The Electric and Hybrid Electric Car R-322

This book examines trends in electric car development from a global perspective, with many examples drawing from the author's own experiences in the American and European automotive industries.

Beginning with the scientific discoveries that made electric vehicle technology possible at the outset of the 20th century, author Michael H. Westbrook provides a thorough discussion of the technology's early history. Though initially overtaken by the unstoppable rise of the internal combustion engine, interest in electric vehicles began to reappear in the 1960s due to their low-emissions potential. But it was not until the passage of a California law in 1990 mandating the sale of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) that major automakers began serious development of the technology.

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