The Electric Car: development and future of battery, hybrid and fuel-cell cars

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  • Year: 2001

  • Format: Hardback

  • Product Code: PBPO0380

  • ISBN: 978-0-85296-013-4

  • Pagination: 216pp.

  • Stock Status: In stock

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Scope: Electric cars have been hailed at various times as the answer to the adverse effect of the internal combustion engine on urban pollution and the generation of greenhouse gases, but in spite of considerable work by the automotive industry, electric vehicles and particularly electric cars have failed to raise much interest in the car buying public. 

Limitations of range and performance are well known and perception has not been helped by the unsuccessful launch of electric cars of very limited capability in recent years. Considerable work has however gone into electric car and battery development in the last ten years with the prospect of substantial improvements in range and performance in battery cars as well as in hybrids and those using fuel cells.

This book covers the development of electric cars, from their early days, to new hybrid models in production, but the majority of the book deals with the very latest technological issues faced by automotive engineers working on electric cars, as well as the key business factors vital for the successful transfer of electric cars into the mass market.

Book readership

Automotive engineers, researchers, students, managers in electrical, electronic and automotive engineering, technologically interested general public.


Industrial, professional; reference, general interest.

Book contents

Preface, Glossary, 1: Introduction; 2: The History of Electric Cars up to 1990; 3: Propulsion Methods; 4: Energy Sources 1 - Storage Batteries; 5: Energy Sources 2 - Other Technologies; 6: Charging; 7: Controls and Power Electronics; 8: Hybrid Electric Vehicles; 9: Vehicle Design and Safety; 10: Economics of Electric Vehicles; 11: Future Developments.

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