ê Read ✓ ZOOM: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future by Iain Carson ê This is a good book on the future of fuel for our cars electricity, ethanol, gas, natural gas, etc I was fascinated with the history of why we came addicted to oil, including when Franklin D Roosevelt went to Saudi Arabia to promise we will defend them if they promise to alway give us oil at the end of WWII I was amazed that Saudi Arabia can produce oil for less than 2 barrel So when prices get to high and alternative fuels start looking good, they can drop prices.
I learned that hydrogen is a long, long way away But electricity is coming soon I hope so for the sake of global warming.
Some thoughts on Zoom The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future.
This 2007 book is written by two correspondents for The Economist, and provides a US centric view of the geopolitical and economic forces that link Big Oil and Big Auto, and of the potential for a hydrogen economy to resolve the environmental issues surrounding the burning of fossil fuels The first six chapters provide a rather disjointed overview of the history of cars and oil companies, and the efforts that these industries have made to preserve their dominant positions While interesting, the book really begins in Part III with a discussion of the growth of Asian economies and the impact that increasing car ownership will have on the environment and the oil supply The following two chapters talk about clean fuels and smart cars, and of the need for political change in Washington to level the playing field and
Well, I really interested in future energy and this book is absolutely in my shopping list I hope I can buy, or get it soon Looks like it s contain a pro and contra stuffs, really fascinating and challenging to read.
finally, I have bought this book at Kinokuniya, 209.
000 IDR, worth the price, yes I ll write some review about this book later, after I finish reading it.
The subtitle of The race to power the car of the future is overcooked this is a book largely about the oil, and largely about oil in the US economy.
Like when you go to a comedy gig or concert and they announce the support act everyone groans you ache for the first half of the book history about oil and the US car industry to be over, so that you can hear about thoughts on the future It s frustrating.
Overall, it s well researched and there are some interesting sections, but it s been badly organised and in places like when the exact same half page length paragraph is used word for word in two chapters poorly executed.
Why you want to run your cars on something other than oil Authors Iain Carson and Vijay V Vaitheeswaran depict Big Oil and Big Auto as the engines behind much of the world s climate problem Rather than condemn both, they look ahead and describe how China or the U.
, with the help of major car manufacturers, could lead the way to an oil free future They understand that personal transportation is too beneficial to dismiss out of hand, but that it must change They acknowledge that the world will not run out of oil any time soon, but caution that the remaining concentrations are in the hands of countries that are unfriendly to big oil companies and the West Moving away from foreign oil, requiring greater fuel efficiency and using biofuels look like the right first steps, they explain The authors expect the batteries, fuel cells and even hydrogen their particular long term Some thoughts on Zoom The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future.
This 2007 book is written by two correspondents for The Economist, and provides a US centric view of the geopolitical and economic forces that link Big Oil and Big Auto, and of the potential for a hydrogen economy to resolve the environmental issues surrounding the burning of fossil fuels The first six chapters provide a rather disjointed overview of the history of cars and oil companies, and the efforts that these industries have made to preserve their dominant positions While interesting, the book really begins in Part III with a discussion of the growth of Asian economies and the impact that increasing car ownership will have on the environment and the oil supply T
I very much enjoyed this read The authors, who are writers for The Economist, generate a great overview of the history of the oil and automobile industry and their interdependecy.
They appear to not have a particular axe to grind And they let us know why were are where we are in terms of dependence on oil They give good insight into the option going forward as oil and gas have reached hisorical highs and the fact that we may just have reach peak oil production.
They certainly reinforce long standing opinions of mine And given me data to us One example is the silliness of using energy to move a 4,000 pound metal auto to transport a 150 pound human.
I highly recommend it.
Zoom Goes Zero To Sixty In Nothing Flat It S An Exciting Ride Into The Future Of The World S Favorite Physical Object, The Automobile Gregg Easterbrook, Author Of THE PROGRESS PARADOX Zoom Offers A New Way To Think About Cars And Energy That S Key To Understanding The Forces Shaping Business Today It S Smart, Well Informed And Insightful Exactly What One Would Expect From Two Of The Economist S Best Journalists Chris Anderson, Author Of THE LONG TAIL Zoom Puts Oil In Its Sights And Squeezes Off One Telling Round After Another Car Lovers Will See A Sunny Future With Other Fuels OPEC A Steadily Darkening Twilight R James Woolsey, VP, Booz Allen Hamilton Former Director Of Central Intelligence An Incisive Analysis Of The End Of The Petroleum Age, Including All Its Repercussions And Opportunities Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures Oil Is The Problem Cars Are The Solution Those Two Simple Sentences By The Authors Of Zoom Define The Scope Of Their Illuminating And Important Book, An Examination Of A Transformation In Business And Culture That Is Occurring Before Our Eyes We Are Living In The Midst Of A Great Awakening People Are Seeking Environmentally Sound Alternatives To Gas Guzzlers Detroit S Reign Is Over Oil Companies, Despite Their Billion Dollar Profits, Could Be On The Brink Of Extinction If They Don T Adapt And Citizens, All Too Aware That These Industries Have Lobbied Politicians Into Gridlock Over Energy Policy, Are Mobilizing To Support Leaders Who Advocate New Policies In Zoom, Iain Carson And Vijay V Vaitheeswaran, Award Winning Correspondents For The Economist, Show Why And How Geopolitical And Economic Forces Are Compelling The Linked Industries Of Oil And Autos To Change As Never BeforeDrawing On Years Of Industry Research Including Dozens Of Interviews With Motor And Energy Executives, Top Policymakers, And Latter Day Fords And Edisons Carson And Vaitheeswaran Explain How Toyota Became The World S Largest Automaker Through Innovation And Superior Performance Why American Politicians Have, For Decades Failed To Address Our Energy Issues And Global Warming And How Grassroots Movements, Along With Individual Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Outsiders, Are Making Real Reform Possible How These Green Revolutionaries Are Creating New Products Powered By Hydrogen, Electricity, Bio Fuels, And Digital TechnologyAs Political Leaders Debate Our Energy, Environmental And Economic Future, Zoom Offers A Lucid And Visionary Portrait Of What That Future Could Be Anyone Planning To Vote Will Find Compelling Truth In Its Assertions And Conclusions Listened to the abridged audio version of this and really enjoyed it The book offers a balanced look at the history behind our addiction to oil, some glimpses of amazing new technology and an optimistic yet cautionary conclusion and call to arms It is narrated by one of the authors, Vijay Vaitheeswaran, and I enjoyed his presentation Plus, I met Vijay a couple of years ago when he was on campus for a faculty event and I had my picture taken with him how cool is that