Victor Wouk: The Father of the Hybrid Car


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Voices for Green Choices-environmental pioneers whose vision and actions have inspired millions to help our planet's resources remain in abundant supply for generations to come.
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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Victor Wouk never intended to revolutionize the car manufacturing business, and for most of his life he believed that no one would ever understand his ideas behind hybrid cars. Wouk began his career researching electricity and worked on the Manhattan Project before he turned his attention to researching and experimenting ways to create an electric car that had the same performance as a gas powered car. At first Wouk determined such a thing was not possible, but over the course of several years he developed a hybrid car that worked on gas and electric batteries that had less than 1/10th the emissions of a gas powered vehicle. When the EPA offered a chance to participate in a contest to develop a hybrid car Wouk and his partner at the time, Charles Rosen, took part and developed a technology that used a regenerative braking process that gave batteries a longer life when in use. The EPA did not approve of their scheme, but that same technology was later developed by Toyota when they developed the Prius. Filled with illustrations of Wouk throughout his life as well as some of the cars and other machines he developed fill this interesting text and add depth to an interesting life. This text is part of the "Voices for Green Choices" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778746775
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/31/2009
  • Series: Voices for Green Choices , #2
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Father of the Hybrid Car 4

Chapter 2 From the Bronx to California 8

Chapter 3 The Car Man 14

Chapter 4 Batteries Not Included 23

Chapter 5 The Invention of the Hybrid 28

Chapter 6 The Idea Lives On 36

Chronology 43

Glossary 44

Further Information 46

Index 47

About the Author 48

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Great book--not just for young adults

    This is a fascinating book about how the US government killed the hybrid car. It even tells who in EPA was responsible. Victor Wouk was called out of retirement to help Toyoya develop the Prius.

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