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Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that will Recharge America Paperback – December 1, 2006

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About the Author

Sherry Boschert has been an award-winning medical news reporter in the San Francisco bureau of International Medical News Group, a division of Elsevier, since 1991. A committed environmentalist, the addition of solar panels to her roof led her to buy an electric car and to co-founding the San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association, of which she is President.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; 1St Edition edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,118,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Thomas on December 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book gives a positive explanation of how and why this automotive "revolution" is happening. It makes a positive case for PHEV's, but it does not get too technical. It has a good set of references in the notes, in case you want check anything for yourself. I enjoyed the book, but I`m a bit biased. I go to things like the Hybridfest and have a CalCars bumper sticker on my car. I'm an electrical engineer and following Plug-in Hybrid vehicle progress is my current passion.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David W. Riddle on July 29, 2007
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This book --which in some ways begins where the video "Who Killed the Electric Car" ends, but is yet independent of it --is a very practical, myth-busting discussion of the facts about the capabilities of alternatively-powered vehicles. As one might guess from the title, the book concludes that of all the possible alternatives for fueling cars, plug-in hybrids are the most practical. In fact, as the book reiterates, practical plug-in hybrids were produced and leased by the auto companies about a decade ago --and then recalled and destroyed. Today (July, 2007), news reports say Toyota and GM and perhaps Ford and others "hope" to have an electric car available by 2010. The news stories say Toyota and GM are having trouble getting much more than a range of 40 miles out of the batteries, even though this book points out GM produced electric vehicles in 1999 with a range of about 140 miles!

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.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Anne Koedt on January 21, 2007
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This is a mind-blowing book. With technology available today, we could start mass-producing cars that run both on electricity and gasoline (or biofuels). You could plug your car in at night and charge it while you slept. Then you could drive 40 or more exhaust-free miles before the car switched to gasoline. Since 50% of Americans drive 20 miles or less per day, and 80% drive 50% or less, most of the driving in a plug-in hybrid would be on electricity. (Plug-in hybrids average 100 mpg.)

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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PaulB on June 9, 2007
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Highly recommended. Great follow-up to "Who Killed the Electric Car"

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jim Estill on February 11, 2007
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Glen loaned me a book called "Plug in Hybrids" by Sherry Boschert. Glen reads tons of books on energy, conservation etc. The book was a great read and made a compelling case for hybrid cars (like my Prius) that plug in to recharge. This would allow them to run for perhaps 100 Km or more without the gas engine kicking in. She makes a compelling environmental case.

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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