The list author says: "Since the time of the two oil crises we discovered the environmental, economical, social and political consequences of dependence on fossil fuels. Today, whether your concern is climate change or just oil dependence, these issues are still valid and one more time on the spotlight. The transport sector alone is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in developed countries and 20% in developing countries. But, did you know that for many years some viable solutions to cut auto travel or using cleaner fuels have been available? Have you noticed that in the climate change controversy almost nobody talks about these readily available options? Singapore successfully implemented congestion pricing since 1975. Today, London, Stockholm and Milan had followed suit. Since the late 70s Curitiba (Brazil) developed the most successful public transportation system, now imitated and even improved in BogotÃ¡, Santiago de Chile, several Brazilian cities, and in many cities around the world, including the U.S. and China. Also since the late 70s, Brazil slowly developed ethanol from sugar cane as a sustainable alternative for fossil fuels, available in all gas stations around the country, and now, Brazilian-manufactured flex cars are a commercial success (you can put gasoline and alcohol in any proportion you want), with 13 million flex cars by 2011, and yes, without affecting food supplies and even allowing for plenty of food exports. All without government subsidies as the rich countries do. So, itÂ’s time to stop talking and do something about it. The following is a list of books explaining the theoretical rationale and/or the history of real life experiences regarding these solutions readily available in the following subjects: congestion pricing (or congestion charges), efficient mass transit, sustainable biofuels, low-carbon fuels, and clean fuel vehicles, particularly electric hybrids and plug-in hybrids."
"Written for the general public, the book explores our unsustainable car-centric culture and its consequences: oil dependency, traffic congestion, air pollution, and climate change. It includes a brief account about the successful Brazilian story (but considered just an outlier). The book emphasis is on low-carbon fuels and alternative vehicles. 2009. Check the 2010 paperback ed with a new chapter."
"The focus is on rechargeable battery technologies and how the development of lithium-ion batteries made possible the launch of the first mass market electric cars in more than 100 years. The book scope covers events until around January 2011, right after the market launch of the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf in the United States, so it is one of the most updated books on this subject. 2011"
"An excellent follow-up to "Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that will Recharge America." The benefits and the multiple barriers hindering the widespread use of this technology are discussed in detail, very comprehensive. A must read. April 2009"
"This self-published essay (an abridged version is available for free in the author's blog) presents a reality check to the real total cost of ownership of plug-in electric cars and the price of the clean energies required to recharge them so they are really green today. 2010"
"Academic but good for all audiences. Presents the cases of Stockholm; Singapore; Curitiba, Brazil; Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, and other cities around the world. An excellent complement to "Two Billion Cars (2009 see above)" despite being published in 1998."
"Written for all audiences. This is an excellent analysis of the subject. The successful Brazilian story is presented. This is a book you should read before taking sides on the food versus biofuels controversy. 2007."
"This book is about the environmental issues, the technologies and economic policies available for relieving traffic congestion and cutting on transport big contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Is it feasible to achieve a efficient, equitable and sustainable road transport? 2007."
"Actually a publication from the International Energy Agency, this a very comprehensive textbook like treatise covering all important subjects in the crossroads between transport (all modes), energy, and climate change. A must have for students, academics and practitioners working in the field of sustainable transport. 2009"
"Though this documentary mainly advocates bio-diesel, in the end calls for a cocktail to fill a sustainable barrel of oil that includes sustainable biofuels, biomass, solar and wind energy, energy efficiency, plug-in electric cars, public transportation, and non-motorized transportation. 2010"
"As cheap oil will become scarcer and gasoline prices climb, what-if scenarios are analyzed assuming gasoline prices starting at $4 a gallon all the way to $20, with increments of $2, and each of the nine chapters of the book corresponds to the expected consequences for each of these scenarios. Unfortunately, a few chapters are just wishful thinking in the good tradition of Ecotopia. July 2009"
"This book clearly demonstrates that today we could be enjoying the benefits of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles, technologies that have been available for more than 10 years. Learn why these vehicles are not mainstream yet. Written for the general public. 2006."