Jim Motavalli

Forward Drive

Despite their clear disadvantages, the private motor car and internal combustion engine are so dominant in our society that it's tempting to assume a conspiracy on the part of motor and oil companies to block the alternatives. In 'Forward Drive' Jim Motavalli shows that on the contrary, such businesses are doing lots of research into electric cars, fuel cells and the like. If you want to find out more about what is happening behind the scenes in the move away from fossil fuels, or if you want to see what form transport in the future might take then you should take a look at t

Reading the book I found that Motavalli was upbeat about the coming of alternatives to the petrol driven car, and writes as if they are just around the corner. The thing is though that I also saw that the fundamental problems of alternative fuels - a price comparable to normal vehicles and a long range without using too much space for fuel - are still some way from being solved. In a way the book seemed to be more of a report of Motavalli's visits to factories and car shows in the 1990's than a serious discussion of the issues.

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Published: 2001 Sierra Club Books
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As more and more alternative-fuel cars from major auto makers enter the market, and with gasoline prices continuing to soar, "clean" cars are no longer being relegated to side-show status; they're taking center stage.
Forward Drive presents the fascinating story of the race to build greener cars—ones that can help address the problems that have accompanied the rise and spread of traditional gas-powered vehicles. The book traces the history of automobile development, including early attempts to create practical electric vehicles, and explores new technologies for clean cars, especially gas/electric hybrid drives and hydrogen fuel cells. In his research, Jim Motavalli conducted extensive interviews with "early adopters" of alternative vehicles, energy researchers, and key auto-industry figures, giving us a clear picture of how U.S. and foreign auto makers are getting serious about building greener cars. With his passion for automobiles and knowledge of their history and workings, he presents an insightful, informative, and highly readable book.