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When the first edition of this book came out, the Prius hybrid was king. Electrics had a small following and were being used in test markets. A few cities were experimenting with recharging stations on a very limited scale. Since then, the worldwide movement away from fossil fuels to more sustainable solutions for our autos and energy needs has spurred both government and private investment for research and development of new technologies, alternate fuels, more cost-effective, durable batteries, and expanded infrastructures to support the innovations.

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From Electric and Hybrid Cars: A History, 2d ed. © 2010 Curtis D. Anderson and Judy Anderson by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640.