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"A comprehensive and insightful treatment of the history of the electric vehicle. This is not only an interesting and well-researched historical account, but is also highly relevant to today's effort to return to electric powered vehicles." - William J. Perry, Stanford University, and former US secretary of defense.
"David Kirsch has compiled a fascinating, insightful account of how far the electric vehicle has come and how little has changed in one hundred years. The struggle to commercialize the electric car continues, much as it did at the turn of the last century. This time, however, there is a far stronger imperative: the health of the planet itself." - Bill Moore, editor of EV World.Com.
"Why did noisy and smelly internal combustion vehicles beat out quiet and smooth-running electric cars? For historians, policy makers and environmentalists the electric vehicle is the preeminent example of 'a path not taken." In this original and remarkable book, David A. Kirsh explains the rise and fall of the electric vehicle in terms of both the business strategy of electric vehicle manufacturers as well as the expectations and behavior of consumers. Ultimately, Kirsch suggests that the success of electric vehicles- in the past and in the future- rests not in technological improvements, but rather in how we choose to define what constitutes satisfactory individual mobility." - W. Bernard Carlson, University of Virginia.