9781588340764

Taking Charge

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  • ISBN13:

    9781588340764

  • ISBN10:

    1588340767

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2010-06-22
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books
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Summary

The tumultuous history of inventors and corporations who have tried to bring the electric car to the market. Amazingly, in 1900 28 percent of all cars were electric. By 1920 the electric car had all but vanished and gas-powered cars dominated the market. InTaking Charge, Schiffer deftly explores how cultural factors, not technological ones, explain the rise of gas-guzzling cars. Schiffer brings the history of the electric car into the present, arguing that despite the Detroit Big Three's reluctance to make electric cars, their time has finally arrived.

Author Biography

Michael Brian Schiffer is professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson and the author of seven books, including The Portable Radio in American Life (1991).

Table of Contents

Preface ix
A Spectacular Flop
1(4)
And Then There was Light (and Power)
5(16)
On Trolleys and Bicycles
21(14)
A Technological Convergence
35(14)
The Electric Automobile Goes to Market
49(14)
Getting a Charge
63(14)
The Wizard Comes to the Rescue
77(14)
A Dark Age Descends
91(18)
The Road to Revival
109(16)
The Classic Age
125(28)
Denouement
153(22)
Prognosis for the Electric Car
175(16)
Quotation Credits 191(8)
Selected Bibliography 199(20)
Index 219

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