Some Great Electric Car Books


These electric car books listed below are well worth a read. The world of electric cars can be a steep learning curve. There are many issues involved which make it such a live and fascinating subject. Not only have you got all the technical car stuff (for those of you who like that sort of thing!), but it's also a very political subject. How you power your car has a knock-on effect on world politics, world peace, oil wars, global warming.....

Here are some good reads I've collected for you to get you started. Happy reading!


Blood and Oil : The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum, by Michael T. Klare

High and Mighty: The dangerous rise of the SUV, by Keith Bradsher

The Coming Oil Crisis, by Colin Campbell

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, by Bob Brandt (2nd hand only, new edition pending)

Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction, by Terry Tamminen

Sleeping with the Devil : How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude, by Robert Baer

Autogeddon, by Heathcote Williams

House of Bush, House of Saud: The secret relationship between the world's two most powerful dynasties, by Craig Unger

The Emperor's New Hydrogen Economy, by Darryl McMahon

The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate, by Joseph Romm

Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do, by Joseph Romm

Gasoline to Electric Conversion Manual: A Workshop Guide for High Schools, published by the Electric Vehicle Society of Canada.

Convert It! by Michael Brown

Electric Dreams: One Unlikely Team of Kids and The Race to Build the Car of the Future, by Caroline Kettlewell

The Solar Economy, by Herman Scheer

Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, And Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals, Theory, And Design, by Mehrdad Ehsani

Powering the Future: The Ballard Fuel Cell and the Race to Change the World, by Ted Koppel

Convert It: A step-by-step manual for converting an internal combustion vehicle to electric power, by Michael P. Brown and Shari Prange

The Winds of Change : Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations, by Eugene Linden

Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry. by Travis Bradford

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy, by Matthew Simmons

The Party's Over, by Richard Heinberg

The End of Oil : On the Edge of a Perilous New World, by Paul Roberts

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond

Beyond Oil : The View from Hubbert's Peak, by Kenneth Deffeyes

Clean Car Wars: How Honda and Toyota are Winning the Battle of the Eco-Friendly Autos, by Yozo Hasegawa

Crossing the Rubicon, by Michael C. Ruppert

Electric Motors and Control Techniques, by Irving Gottlieb

Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil, by David Goodstein

High Noon for Natural Gas: The New Energy Crisis, by Julian Darley

The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make A Big Difference, by Ellis Jones

Regime Change Begins at Home: Freeing America from Corporate Rule, by Charles Derber

Car That Could: The Inside Story of GM's Revolutionary Electric Vehicle, by Michael Shnayerson

Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that will Recharge America, by Sherry Boschert

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester Brown

The Zero-Carbon Car: Building the Car the Auto Industry Can't Get Right, by William H. Kemp

Electric Vehicle Battery Systems, by Sandeep Dhameja

The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future, by Vali Nasr

Dancing With the Tiger: Learning Sustainability, by Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomare

Oil, Jihad and Destiny : Will declining oil production plunge our planet into a depression? by Ronald Cooke

The Great War for Civilisation: The conquest of the Middle East, by Robert Fisk

Power to the People : How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change Our Lives, and Maybe Even Save the Planet, by Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

A Thousand Barrels a Second : The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World, by Peter Tertzakian

Petrodollar Warfare : Oil, Iraq and the Future of the Dollar, by William R. Clark

Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives, by Edwin Black

Hybrid, Electric and Fuel-Cell Vehicles, by Jack Erjavec and Jeff Arias

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, by James Speth

Fog Facts : Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin, by Larry Beinhart

Running On Empty: How The Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It, by Peter G. Peterson

Photovoltaics : Design and Installation Manual, by Solar Energy International

The Electric Car: Development and Future of Battery, Hybrid and Fuel-Cell Cars, by Michael H. Westbrook

The Oil Factor: How Oil Controls the Economy and Your Financial Future, by Donna & Stephen Leeb

The Coming Generational Storm : What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future, by Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy Is Changing Everything, by Andrew Heintzman - Evan Solomon

Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict, by Michael T. Klare

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, by Charles Jencks

One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future, by Paul Ehrlich

Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, by Alan Weisman

Power Down: Options and actions for a post-carbon world, by Richard Heinberg

The Great Turning : From Empire to Earth Community, by David C. Korten

Fuel Cell Systems Explained, by James Larminie

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home, by Dan Ramsey

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein

The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership, by Zbigniew Brzezinski

Plan B: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester R. Brown

Taken For a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the politics of pollution, by Jack Doyle

The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture, by Alanna Stang, Christopher Hawthorne

Road Ecology: Science and Solutions, by Richard Forman - Dan Sperling

Power With Nature: Solar and Wind Energy Demystified, by Rex Ewing

Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier, by Chris Zelov

Wind Power, Revised Edition: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business, by Paul Gipe

What Matters Most: How a Small Group of Pioneers Is

Teaching Social Responsibility to Big Business, and Why Big Business Is Listening, by Jeffrey Hollender & Stephen Fenichell

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age,

Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century, by James Howard Kunstler

History of the Electric Automobile: Hybrid electric vehicles, by Ernest H. Wakefield

The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity, by James Lovelock

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