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The Arrival of the Electric Car

The Arrival of the Electric Car

by Chris Johnston, Ed Sobey
The Arrival of the Electric Car

The Arrival of the Electric Car

by Chris Johnston, Ed Sobey


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Are you considering buying an electric vehicle? There are over 25 battery EVs from which to choose including pickup trucks, SUVs and sedans. This book is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand overview of the passenger EV universe including a buyer's guide, preparing to own an EV, history and what we can expect in the future. If you are new to the EV space, searching the Internet can be a bit overwhelming. We wrote this book to be a fun, insightful guide to the fascinating world of electric vehicles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735929408
Publisher: Chris Johnston
Publication date: 11/01/2020
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Chris Johnston has decades of product management experience in telematics, mobile computing and wireless communications including positions at Trimble Navigation, AT&T, Honeywell and a couple of Silicon Valley startups. He also spent a year in India setting up an Internet-of-things practice for a major Indian corporation. Mr. Johnston has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Chris lives in Washington State with his wife and two kids. When not working, he enjoys open water swimming, cycling and flying (as a private pilot).

Ed Sobey holds a PhD in science and teaches for Semester at Sea. He also lectures at sea for passengers on several cruise lines and has traveled the equivalent of ten times around the world at sea.

The Fulbright Commission has awarded Ed two grants for training science teachers in foreign countries. To date he has trained teachers in more than 30 countries. He is a former naval officer and has directed five science centers, published 34 books, and hosted two television series on science and technology.

Ed is a Fellow of The Explorers Club and has participated in two dozen scientific expeditions. He has conducted ocean research in winter in Antarctica; sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a small sailboat, and recorded whale sounds from an ocean kayak. He organizes and leads citizen science expeditions for the nonprofit Northwest Explorers.

Table of Contents



Why Is the Revolution Happening Now?




The Importance of Design

From Birth through Maturation: A History of Electric Vehicles

EV Advantages



Lithium-ion Batteries

Low Cost of Ownership


What Is Regenerative Braking?

EV Myths

Electric Vehicle Type Choices

Battery Electric Vehicles

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Range-Extended Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicles

EV Buying Guide

Audi e-tron

BMW i3

BMW i4

Chevrolet Bolt

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric

Jaguar I-PACE

Kia Niro EV

Lordstown Endurance

Lucid Air

Mercedes-Benz EQC

MINI Cooper Electric

Nissan Ariya

Nissan LEAF

Polestar 2

Porsche Taycan

Rivian R1T

Rivian R1S

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model Y

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Cybertruck

Volkswagen ID.4

Notable Exceptions

Owning an EV


Cost to Charge

Tax Credits and Incentives




Accelerating Innovation

Government Mandates

Modernized Power Grid and Renewable Energy

Electric Motorcycles

The Commercial Segment

Technical Definitions and Explainers

About the Authors

End Notes

Customer Reviews