that Will Recharge America
(New Society Publishers, 2006)
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A politically polarized America is coming together over a new kind of car - the plug-in hybrid - that will save drivers money, reduce pollution, and increase national security by reducing dependence on imported oil.
Plug-in Hybrids points out that, whereas hydrogen fuel-cell cars won't be ready for decades, the technology and infrastructure for plug-in hybrids exist today. Unlike conventional hybrid cars, which can't run without gasoline, plug-in hybrids use gasoline or cheaper, cleaner, domestic electricity - or both. Although not yet for sale, demand for plug-in hybrids is widespread, coming from characters across the political spectrum, such as:
Chelsea Sexton, the automotive insider: working for General Motors, Sexton fought attempts to destroy the all-electric EV1 car. She describes how car companies are resisting plug-in hybrids - and why they'll make them anyway.
Felix Kramer and the tech squad: Kramer started a non-profit organization using the Internet to tap into a small army of engineers who built some of the first plug-in Prius hybrids.
Marc Geller, political activist: he fought back when Ford wanted to crush his leased Th!nkCity electric car and inspired protests that paved the way for plug-in hybrids.
R. James Woolsey, former CIA director and national security hawk: seeing the end of oil supplies looming, Woolsey is demanding plug-in hybrids to wean us from petroleum.
Plug-in Hybrids cautions that the oil and auto companies know how to undermine the success of plug-in car programs to protect their interests.
The boook gives readers tools to ensure that plug-in hybrids get to market - and stay here.
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Praise for Plug-in Hybrids
"This is an important book. As a historian I was intrigued by the history; as a reader I was charmed by the writing; as a citizen I was outraged by the auto industry's duplicity. If you think your car should get a few more MPG (like 30 more!), plug into Plug-in Hybrids. It will recharge your political batteries."
- Martin Sherwin, Pulitzer Prize winning co-author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, and professor of history, Tufts University
"This book should be read by everyone thinking of buying a new car. Hold off a bit -- the plug-in hybrids will soon be here."
- Paul Craig, professor of engineering emeritus, University of California, Davis, and former chairman, Sierra Club Global Warming and Energy Committee
"Sherry Boschert does a great job of showing how shifting to hybrid plug-in cars can sharply reduce gasoline use, dependence on imported oil, and carbon emission. If we can simultaneously build thousands of wind farms across the country, feeding cheap electricity into the grid, we can then run our cars on wind energy -- and at a gasoline equivalent price of less than $1 per gallon. What are we waiting for?"
- Lester R. Brown, president, Earth Policy Institute, and author of Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble
"An informative, provocative, engaging book about a vital topic, Plug-in Hybrids is an important book for the 21st century."
- Ocean Robbins, founder and director, Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES)
"Plug-in Hybrids is a must-read. If you are concerned about the environment, national security, or high gas prices, there is a solution and it's contained in this book. But this isn't simply a book about cars, it's a book about our future. And our future started to look brighter with every page I turned. I was riveted."
- Alexandra Paul, EV driver and actress