Future Drive: Electric Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation

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In Future Drive, Daniel Sperling addresses the adverse energy and environmental consequences of increased travel, and analyzes current initiatives to suggest strategies for creating a more environmentally benign system of transportation. Groundbreaking proposals are constructed around the idea of electric propulsion as the key to a sustainable transportation and energy system. Other essential elements include the ideas that: •improving technology holds more promise than large-scale behavior modification •technology initiatives must be matched with regulatory and policy initiatives •government intervention should be flexible and incentive-based, but should also embrace selective technology-forcing measures •more diversity and experimentation is needed with regard to vehicles and energy technologies Sperling evaluates past and current attempts to influence drivers and vehicle use, and articulates a clear and compelling vision of the future. He formulates a coherent and specific set of principles, strategies, and policies for redirecting the United States and other countries onto a new sustainable pathway.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559633284
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

At the time of publication, Daniel Sperling was director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and professor of civil engineering and environmental studies at the University of California, Davis.

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Table of Contents

1 Transportation as if People Mattered 1
Taming the Auto 2
How Much Does It Really Cost to Drive a Car? 3
More Than a Love Affair 6
Taming Drivers 7
The Shrinking Role of Mass Transit 9
Toward a Technical Fix 10
2 Sifting the Wheat from the Chaff 15
Sensible but Limited Options 15
Smart (and Quasi-Smart) Transportation 21
Alternative Fuels: The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent 26
Electric Chaff 33
3 Toward Electric Propulsion 36
The Return of the Electric Vehicle 38
Environmental Benefits 43
Technology: Current Status and Prospects 46
The Cost of Electric Vehicles 55
Where Would the Electricity Come From? 57
Is There a Market for Electric Vehicles? 58
4 Neighborhood Electric Vehicles 65
The Energy and Environmental Benefits 70
Land Use and Mobility 70
The ZEV Mandate as an Instrument of Change 72
Safety and Liability 74
Creating an Industry 78
5 Fuel Cells 82
What Is a Fuel Cell? 82
The Fuel Cell Comes of Age 83
Fuel Cell Technology 87
Hydrogen as a Fuel 89
The Cost of Fuel Cell Vehicles 93
Environmental Advantages 96
Making the Transition to Fuel Cells 96
6 Hybrid Vehicles: Always Second Best? 100
Hybrid Vehicle Development 100
The Family of Hybrid Vehicle Designs 102
Hybrid Technology 102
Energy and Environmental Considerations 107
Costs and Marketing 113
7 Accelerating Regulatory Reform 116
The Current Regulatory Approach 117
California's Bold Initiative 124
Toward More Flexible Regulation 127
Where Industry Stands 131
8 Technology Policy for Sustainable Transportation 136
The Zero-Emission Mandate 138
Green, Clean, and Super 141
Technology Plus Regulatory Reform 144
Encouraging Innovative Communities 145
Notes 149
Index 167
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