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Zoom : the global race to fuel the car of the future / Iain Carson and Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran.

By: Carson, Iain.
Contributor(s): Vaitheeswaran, Vijay V, 1969-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Twelve, 2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: viii, 336 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780446580045; 044658004X.Subject(s): Automobile industry and trade -- Forecasting | Automobiles -- Research | Alternative fuel vehicles | Automobiles -- Technological innovations | Power resources | Automobile industry and trade -- United States -- HistoryDDC classification: 338.4/7629222 LOC classification: HD9710.A2 | C27 2007
Contents:
Introduction : The great awakening : oil is the problem ; cars are the solution -- Highway robbery -- The terrible twins : cars and oil wrote the history of twentieth-century American capitalism -- Down and out in Detroit : how the car industry, the icon of American greatness in the last century, lost its way -- Big oil in big trouble : the world is not running out of oil, but America's oil giants are in trouble even so -- Can dinosaurs dance? -- The parable of the Prius : how Toyota's culture propelled the once-provincial carmaker past GM to number one -- The axis of oil : oil's geopolitical complications arise from America's bipartisan addiction to oil -- The slumbering giant awakes : the great awakening of America to the dangers of oil addiction and global warming is pushing corporations to act -- but can big business really solve the problem? -- Manifold destiny -- Crouching tiger, leaping dragon : Asia's rise could save, rather than destroy, the planet -- The juice and the jalopy : the same anarchic, amazing forces that brought us the Internet and telecom revolutions are now racing to develop the clean fuels and smart cars of tomorrow -- A call to arms : a grass-roots movement sweeping across America promises to overturn Washington's oil curse -- and level the playing field for clean energy and the car of the future -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary: Reveals that the auto and oil industries are at a pivotal crossroads and have shaped domestic capitalism and the international landscape to create both progress and consequence, in an account that predicts a revolution in energy use and car manufacture.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-325) and index.

Introduction : The great awakening : oil is the problem ; cars are the solution -- pt. 1. Highway robbery -- ch. 1. The terrible twins : cars and oil wrote the history of twentieth-century American capitalism -- ch. 2. Down and out in Detroit : how the car industry, the icon of American greatness in the last century, lost its way -- ch. 3. Big oil in big trouble : the world is not running out of oil, but America's oil giants are in trouble even so -- pt. 2. Can dinosaurs dance? -- ch. 4. The parable of the Prius : how Toyota's culture propelled the once-provincial carmaker past GM to number one -- ch. 5. The axis of oil : oil's geopolitical complications arise from America's bipartisan addiction to oil -- ch. 6. The slumbering giant awakes : the great awakening of America to the dangers of oil addiction and global warming is pushing corporations to act -- but can big business really solve the problem? -- pt. 3. Manifold destiny -- ch. 7. Crouching tiger, leaping dragon : Asia's rise could save, rather than destroy, the planet -- ch .8. The juice and the jalopy : the same anarchic, amazing forces that brought us the Internet and telecom revolutions are now racing to develop the clean fuels and smart cars of tomorrow -- ch. 9. A call to arms : a grass-roots movement sweeping across America promises to overturn Washington's oil curse -- and level the playing field for clean energy and the car of the future -- Bibliography -- Index.

Reveals that the auto and oil industries are at a pivotal crossroads and have shaped domestic capitalism and the international landscape to create both progress and consequence, in an account that predicts a revolution in energy use and car manufacture.

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This is a highly readable, very timely, general audience book by two experienced Economist magazine writers who argue for US energy independence by weaning cars off oil. Most oil used in the US is for transportation, mostly in cars. The authors convincingly state that "oil is the problem, not cars," and that increasing supply by more domestic drilling is not the solution. The book contains excellent chapters on US energy politics; the role of big oil and US auto companies in promoting consumer addiction to oil; and the undesirable political, military, and financial consequences the US is currently experiencing because of this dependence on oil. On the other hand, the authors include a chapter describing the race to find oil replacements outside the US in Japan, China, and India. The book ends on a quite hopeful note describing the "grassroots movement sweeping across America ... to level the playing field for clean energy and the car of the future." It includes excellent descriptions of fuel cells, hydrogen, plug-in technology, energy storage devices, etc., their domestic developers, and how US energy politics is changing from the bottom up, rather than the top down. Excellent bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels of readers. D. Brand formerly, Harvard University

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