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Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that will Recharge America

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A politically polarized America is coming together over a new kind of car—the plug-in hybrid that will save drivers money, reduce pollution, and increase US security by reducing dependence on imported oil.
Plug-in Hybrids points out that, where hydrogen fuel-cell cars won’t be ready for decades, the technology for plug-in hybrids exists today. Unlike conventional hybrid ca
Paperback, 231 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by New Society Publishers
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Jan 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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California is the only state in the union that can mandate emissions standards more stringent than federal regulations. A zero emissions mandate brought about Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs) that were leased to California consumers. Great, right? If it were that simple, this book's message would be similar to the coda that is Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: Drive, mostly electric, not too much.

The politics surrounding cars are not that simple, so this is a complex book. Many characters and i
May 12, 2008 added it
If you want to learn more about the future of transportation but were afraid the information would go over your head or bore you to tears, this is the book is for you. Sherry Boschert writes in such a conversational manner that subjects like alternative fuels, California air quality regulations, battery capacity and greenhouse gases become an enjoyable read. Perhaps this is because Boschert includes passionate personalities and personal stories amid a lot of pertinent facts and figures. There ar ...more
I borrowed this from friends in SF just before moving here. I've only read the first half or so, so far, but it's essentially the story told in the movie, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" with more detail. The same people and groups who were interviewed or studied figure prominently in both. I really enjoyed the movie, but I think I wouldn't have gotten as much out of it without having started this book first.
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I found the criticism of hybrids useful, but plug-in hybrids are a weak alternative to full-on electric cars in my opinion. I would recommend the book "Two Cents per Mile" by Nevres Cefo as a very similar book which is more critical of Internal Combustion Engines in general.
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