Taking Charge: The Electric Automobile in America / Edition 1

Taking Charge: The Electric Automobile in America / Edition 1

by Michael Brian Schiffer, Kimberly K. Grimm, Tamara C. Butts
     
 

ISBN-10: 1588340767

ISBN-13: 9781588340764

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

The tumultuous history of inventors and corporations who have tried to bring the electric car to the market.

Amazingly, in 1900 28 percent of all cars were electric. By 1920 the electric car had all but vanished and gas-powered cars dominated the market. In Taking Charge, Schiffer deftly explores how cultural factors, not technological ones, explain the

Overview

The tumultuous history of inventors and corporations who have tried to bring the electric car to the market.

Amazingly, in 1900 28 percent of all cars were electric. By 1920 the electric car had all but vanished and gas-powered cars dominated the market. In Taking Charge, Schiffer deftly explores how cultural factors, not technological ones, explain the rise of gas-guzzling cars. Schiffer brings the history of the electric car into the present, arguing that despite the Detroit Big Three’s reluctance to make electric cars, their time has finally arrived.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588340764
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1.A Spectacular Flop1
2.And Then there was Light (and Power)5
3.On Trolleys and Bicycles21
4.A Technological Convergence35
5.The Electric Automobile Goes to Market49
6.Getting a Charge63
7.The Wizard Comes to the Rescue77
8.A Dark Age Descends91
9.The Road to Revival109
10.The Classic Age125
11.Denouement153
12.Prognosis for the Electric Car175
Quotation Credits191
Selected Bibliography199
Index219

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