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Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that will Recharge America Paperback – December 1, 2006
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This book is a good primer on how plug-in hybrids work, and also explores other alternative technologies such as hydrogen and fuel cells, though for several reasons it returns to plug-in hybrids as being immediately available technology.
Happily the plug-in hybrid now has many enthusiastic and influential supporters, from environmentalists to conservatives worried about America's dependence on foreing oil -- R. J. Woolsey, former CIA director and the NY Times colulmnist Thomas L. Friedman, among them.
Another intersting fact: plugging in your car at night could tap otherwise unused electricity from wind farms, because wind farms don't have a way to store the energy produced at night. So wind power, could end up running our cars.
If you hunger for more info on Electric Vehicles, solutions to Global warming, ending the war in Iraq, ending our dependence on Oil and returning to a more secure (pre 9/11, pre Iraq war) life and economy, Boschert illustrates how both sides/extremes of the political spectrum are joining together to kick the oil habit.
Even George W. admits "America is addicted to Oil" but the car and oil companies will do anything to "keep the junkie hooked" and Dubya wants to devastate Alaska for a dismal amount of domestic oil.
Don't believe the Hype about using electricity to power cars will worsen GHG and other emissions. This book cites all the studies that disprove that myth.
Ordinary citizens are joining forces with Engineers, Evangelicals, Environmentalists, some reluctant Automakers and National security Hawks (Ex CIA Director James Woolsey et. al.) to pave the way to eliminate our dependence on oil.
Like the back cover says "It will recharge your political batteries".
Get this book and get involved.
This book also clarifies the different flavours of Hybrids: Series, Parallel, Series/Parallel, Full, Hollow and Flex Fuel options.
PS An "easy read" despite some chapters quoting various gallons, kilowatts, miles and kilometres.
What she missed was a good chapter on the economics of using electric power from the grid vs. gas. The information was there but it was hard to get at (running an straight electricity from the grid is about half the cost of gas). For environmentalism to become mainstream, I think it needs to be driven by economics.
Perhaps I am too overboard on the time efficiency but she could also use a chapter on the time savings to just plug in at night instead of filling up at a gas station. I never timed how long it takes to fill up but it seems whenever I need gas, I am running late and there is a line up at the pumps. And for that matter, it is usually the coldest day of the year with a good strong wind.
There is a bit of conspiracy theory throughout on GM killing their famous electric car etc.
Bottom line. After I read the book, I would definitely get a plug in hybrid and hope the automakers come up with one soon.
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Sherry is preaching to the choir with me and this subject. Very good book. Well put together. Very well written. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Michigan Reviewer
Use the Amazon "LOOK INSIDE!" button and select the "Table of Contents" option to view the titles of the 11 chapters, which are grouped under five section headings. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by S. Wright
Well written, informative book on the subject of electric cars & hybrids. A must-read for anyone contemplating a hybrid vehicle. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by The Alchemist
I think that hybrids and electric cars will be the new car generation in the next 10 years.
My husband and I strongly considering to buy a car like this. Read more
Many people view the plug-in hybrid as a stepping stone. In other words, we can't just go from 100 years of burning gas in cars for fuel to not using gas at all. Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by Father Bowers
This is a very well written and comprehensive treatise regarding the technological evolution and behind the scenes stories of electric cars, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids,... Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by Emc2
A serendipitous find that changed my perspective on energy policy. I was looking for a how-to book and ordered this one "by mistake. Read morePublished on September 17, 2008 by Walter R. Nagel
The title should read :- "Plug-in Hybrids; the Cars that will Transport the World". Sherry Boschert has done a wonderful job in drawing all the pieces together. Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by Peter Roberts
This book gives an unbiased view of what our options are as Americans on reducing and virtually eliminating our dependence on foreign oil. Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by Scott Mofford