Victor Wouk: The Father of the Hybrid Car

Victor Wouk: The Father of the Hybrid Car

by Sean Callery
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778746775
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/31/2009
Series:
Voices for Green Choices, #2
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,001,928
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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