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Car Wars

Car Wars

The Rise, the Fall, and the Resurgence of the Electric Car

John Fialka

Thomas Dunne Books

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The resurgence of the electric car in modern life is a tale of adventurers, men and women who bucked the complete dominance of the fossil fueled car to seek something cleaner, simpler and cheaper. Award-winning former Wall Sreet Journal reporter John Fialka documents the early days of the electric car, from the M.I.T./Caltech race between prototypes in the summer of 1968 to the 1987 victory of the Sunraycer in the world's first race featuring solar powered cars.

Thirty years later, the electric has captured the imagination and pocketbooks of American consumers. Organizations like the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of California, along with companies from the old-guard of General Motors and Toyota as well as upstart young players like Tesla Motors and Elon Musk have embraced the once-extinct technology. The electric car has steadily gained traction in the U.S. and around the world. We are watching the start of a trillion dollar, worldwide race to see who will dominate one of the biggest commercial upheavals of the 21st century.

Drawing from the last decade of his 26-year career at the Wall Street Journal, where he covered energy and environmental matters, ClimateWire founder and industry insider John Fialka brings to life this thrilling and important story about American's rejection and second obsession with the electric car.

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The Great Electric Car Race



What got Americans thinking again about electric cars started with the brownish blanket of smog that took shape over the varicose network of freeways growing out of Los Angeles in...

Praise for Car Wars

Car Wars tells a terrific story about the most important advance for the automobile since... the car itself. You don't have to love them to get why Elon Musk et al. are re-shaping the future…Car Wars takes us on the roller coaster ride from the Model T to the Formula E in an industry accelerating as fast as Tesla's Model S…If we could have made our 2 movies into a mini-series--this might be it. Excellent work!” —Chris Paine, writer-director of Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car

“John Fialka has long been among the sharpest reporters of how old industries die or transform while new ones get born and sometimes thrive. His lively chronicle of the emerging transformation of global automaking, as autos meet electricity and information technology, is easy and fun to read, insightful, and provocative.” —Amory B. Lovins, author of Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

“The electric vehicle is the car of the future. It is quiet, efficient and causes very little pollution...I hope John Fialka's book, Car Wars helps people understand the importance of electrics for the future of transportation.” —Don "Big Daddy" Garlits, American race car driver and winner of 17 world championship awards

“[A] well-sourced and often sparkling narrative.” —Washington Post on Sisters

“This fascinating study provides an overview of the enormous contribution Catholic nuns have made to the American education social, and cultura… More…

Car Wars tells a terrific story about the most important advance for the automobile since... the car itself. You don't have to love them to get why Elon Musk et al. are re-shaping the future…Car Wars takes us on the roller coaster ride from the Model T to the Formula E in an industry accelerating as fast as Tesla's Model S…If we could have made our 2 movies into a mini-series--this might be it. Excellent work!” —Chris Paine, writer-director of Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car

“John Fialka has long been among the sharpest reporters of how old industries die or transform while new ones get born and sometimes thrive. His lively chronicle of the emerging transformation of global automaking, as autos meet electricity and information technology, is easy and fun to read, insightful, and provocative.” —Amory B. Lovins, author of Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

“The electric vehicle is the car of the future. It is quiet, efficient and causes very little pollution...I hope John Fialka's book, Car Wars helps people understand the importance of electrics for the future of transportation.” —Don "Big Daddy" Garlits, American race car driver and winner of 17 world championship awards

“[A] well-sourced and often sparkling narrative.” —Washington Post on Sisters

“This fascinating study provides an overview of the enormous contribution Catholic nuns have made to the American education social, and cultural landscape.” —Booklist on Sisters

“Fialka skillfully and entertainingly balances historical fact with journalistic prose in narrating these dramatic accounts of individual heroines and communities.” —Library Journal on Sisters

“Fialka sprinkles his account with personal recollections and writes sympathetically of a group that has often been maligned and caricatured. Nuns will appreciate his treatment of their lives, as will Catholics pondering a church with diminishing numbers of the women who helped shape it.” —Publishers Weekly on Sisters

“This is the glorious and sad story of the rise and fall of one of the greatest of the orders, the Sisters of Mercy. One cannot read Sisters without recalling the memories of those years and those wonderful, godly, and irreplaceable women.” —Pat Buchanan on Sisters

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John Fialka

JOHN FIALKA worked for The Wall Street Journal's Washington Bureau for 26 years. In 2008 he became editor and founder of ClimateWire, a private subscription Internet daily focused on climate change. He has written three books and won several major journalism awards for investigative reporting including the Worth Bingham and Raymond Clapper prizes.

John J. Fialka

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