In Future Drive, Daniel Sperling addresses the adverse energy and environmental consequences of increased travel, and analyzes current initiatives to suggest strategies for creating a more environmentally benign system of transportation. Groundbreaking proposals are constructed around the idea of electric propulsion as the key to a sustainable transportation and energy system. Other essential elements include the ideas that:
Sperling evaluates past and current attempts to influence drivers and vehicle use, and articulates a clear and compelling vision of the future. He formulates a coherent and specific set of principles, strategies, and policies for redirecting the United States and other countries onto a new sustainable pathway.
“If this country is
ever going to have clean air we will have to substantially reinvent
the car and rethink the role of cars in our society. Dan Sperling has
launched us down that road. His vision, which is far-reaching but realistic,
should be the starting point of a national debate.”
“No matter what side
of the alternative fuel issue you are on, you should find this volume
worthwhile. Every interested analyst in the alternative fuels debate
should study this book.”
“More sustainable transportation
systems will not come from heavy-handed regulation or from tinkering
at the edges of our current motor vehicles technologies, but from the
kinds of market incentives, flexible regulatory approaches, and new
technologies for emergent markets described by Future Drive.”
“Future Drive presents
a thoughtful and timely discussion of the future of electric vehicles.
Sperling clearly illuminates the environmental and energy benefits that
EVs will provide and offers a perspective that can help frame public
policy dialogue on electric transportation.”
About the Author
Daniel Sperling is director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and professor of civil engineering and environmental studies at the University of California, Davis.
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