on December 22, 2011
Here is an outline of what you can find in this book:
Foreword: Robert Cumberford, of Automobile magazine, explains how analysis of his personal one-year driving log persuaded him that an electric car with limited driving range can still be satisfactory for 90% of driving needs.
Introduction: The author tells how a conversation with colleagues in Silicon Valley led to two years of study about how electric vehicles can contribute to energy independence and a prosperous new "electriconomy".
Part I: Driving the EV Highway
1) Sputnik Redux: Calls for a national drive toward electric transportation comparable to the space race.
2) National Insecurity: US oil consumption is way out of proportion to our share of world reserves.
3) Gas Costs What? True cost of maintaining our oil-based economy is more than we can afford.
4) Running on Empty: Discovery of new sources of oil cannot meet projected world demand.
5) Emissions Overload: Electric cars themselves produce zero emissions.
6) Electrons vs. Molecules: The Economic Smackdown: Electric cars cost less to run and maintain than gas cars.
7) Trading the Oil Barrel for the Watt Bucket: Existing electrical grid can easily provide overnight charging for millions of electric cars.
8) Zero to Sixty: The EV as the Economic Turbocharger: US must lead in electric vehicle technology or it will fall behind China in economic development.
9) So Who Wants to Buy a Texaco Station? Jobs in clean energy will increase as use of oil for transportation declines.
Part II: Out in Front
10) Life in the Fast Lane: Bob Lutz,a global warming skeptic, is a strong proponent for the General Motors Volt, which he describes as an electric vehicle with a 40-mile range, with a generator to extend the range when needed.
11) Success is a Team Sport: Mike Tinskey, of Ford, and David Cole, of the Center for Automotive Research, see battery techology as a promising field for US manufacturing.
12) Smart Money: Ray Lane, who oversees EV investments at a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, believes that national security issues justify government subsidies to promote clean energy technology, which has tremendous potential for economic growth.
13) The Electric Fuel Tank: Bart Riley and David Vieau, of A123 Systems, a leading battery development company, believe that US innovation can lower costs of lithium batteries and ultracapacitors, but political support may be needed to stay ahead of China.
14) Plugged In: Richard Lowenthal, of ChargePoint Network, sees the need for public charging stations for drivers of electric cars without a home garage.
15) Charge America: David Crane, of NRG Energy, Inc., plans to install Level II and Level III charging stations in the Houston area to provide fast charges for drivers without a garage housing a Level I charger for use overnight.
16) The Smarter Grid: Charlie Allcock, of Portland General Electric, is confident that electric utilities can respond to customer demands for charging electric vehicles at home and at public charging stations.
17) National Energy: Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy, sees the transition to electricity for our personal transportation as inevitable.
18) Houston, We Have a Solution: Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, sees her city as a a good place to show the public how the all-electric Nissan LEAF can improve air quality.
19) China's Charge: Wang Chuan-Fu, of BTD Auto, has a joint venture with Daimler AG to develop all-electric cars for China, and has significant government support.
Part III: The Road Forward
20) Free Gas: Roger Brent uses a five-kilowatt photovoltaic on his California rooftop to power his home and his Tesla Roadster.
21) Back to the Future: A brief review of how previous generations of electric vehicles lost in competition with gas-fueled cars during the era of cheap oil.
22) Energize Your Motors: Predicts rapid growth in market share for electric cars in the near future with the adoption of appropriate policies leading to energy independence.
23) Electric Overdrive: More predictions of lower battery costs leading to electric vehicles winning in features and costs when compared to cars with internal combustion engines.
24) A Tale of Two Cars: Comparison of two "composite" cars, the "Foyonda" based on traditional gas-powered models (Ford Focus/Toyota Camry/Honda Accord) versus the "Volteacus" based on plug-in electrics (General Motors Volt/Nissan LEAF/Ford Focus). [First paragraph names top-selling US models in 2009 as Camry, Accord, and Fusion, so I'm wondering if the Ford model in the gas-powered group should have been Fusion, not Focus.]
25) Now What? Presents an action program for adoption of policies leading to US energy independence and leadership in clean energy technology.
Roadblocks and Speed Bumps (Frequently Asked Questions): 11 pages with 23 questions and answers.
Websites for More Information: 3 pages listing web addresses under 5 headings.
Glossary of Terms: 3 pages defining 19 terms and abreviations.
Acknowledgments (single page)
There is no index, leading me to rate the book with four stars rather than five.