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"The Electric Vehicle makes an important contribution to the scholarship on the history of the automobile. The author has managed to develop one of the most wide-ranging comparative examinations of a particular technological system since Hughes' Networks of Power. Mom's scholarship is impeccable."

"Crossing disciplines, combining technical, economic and social concerns, and adopting an international perspective, The Electric Vehicle is a very important book that sets a new standard for research in the history of technology."

"Those interested in the history of automotive technology should read—and will enjoy—this book."

"An impressive work that couples theoretical sophistication with extensive use of American, Dutch, English, French, and German sources... Surely deserves a place on the bookshelf of automotive historians and anyone interested in why we get the technologies that we do."

"Mom has mined the archives of several countries, uncovering manuscript and published sources in four languages, to produce a model comparative history. His main focus is the United States and Germany, but he follows electric vehicles to Britain, France, and the Netherlands, with side trips to other European countries. The result is a stunning compilation of examples and figures, ranging from Chicago to Berlin and from race cars to milk trucks."

"Mom provides a clear argument that demands consideration from historians of technology as well as policymakers."

"A stunning triumph of creative and sophisticated scholarship... Mom's prescription—that technological change be studied holistically—is a potent antidote to the poisonous extremes of technological, economic, and sociocultural determinism."

"An impressive empirical study."

"The research is exhaustive... He shows how competition between the electric and the gasoline car involved much more than the vehicles themselves, and he helps us understand the electric vehicle as the center of an alternative system. This has future implications... The electric car's 'failure' was not technical but cultural."

"This book is more than just a single case study where present-day technology was around 100 years ago. This book reveals how History is full of possibilities. The challenge is not to learn the lessen too late."

"An interesting study of road based transportation in the early years, with a good deal of insight into the electric car market through most of the century."

The Electric Vehicle
Technology and Expectations in the Automobile Age
Publication Date: 15 Feb 2013
Status: Available
Usually ships 2-3 business days after receipt of order.
Trim Size: 7" x 10"
Page Count: 440 pages
Illustrations: 42 halftones, 15 line drawings
ISBN: 9781421409702