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Owning an Electric Car: Find the truth about using electric cars including range, charging, batteries, environmental impact and everyday use of plug in cars (2010 Edition) [Paperback]

Quentin Willson , Michael Boxwell
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1 April 2010
Owning an Electric Car is the essential book for anyone who is interested in owning an electric car and who wants to know more about them. The book has been written with input from hundreds of people from all around the world: interviews and surveys with owners of electric cars about their experiences - both good and bad, meetings with vehicle manufacturers and discussions with politicians, environmental campaigners and electricity providers have all contributed make this book an essential guide to help you make an informed choice about electric cars.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Greenstream Publishing; 2nd Revised edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907670017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907670015
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 23 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,882,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My name is Michael Boxwell. I have been writing about technology, motoring and the environment for many years with articles being published in newspapers, magazines and online.

I wrote my first book in 2003 (The Proof of Delivery Buyer's Guide - now in its seventh edition) and have since followed that up with the Solar Electricity Handbook (first published in 2009 and now in its 4th edition) and The Electric Car Guide series of books.

When I'm not writing, I am a technical architect and designer. Formerly, I was a managing director of an electric vehicle supplier in the UK. I also run the Reva Electric Car owners club, one of the largest electric car owners clubs in the world with around 1,100 members worldwide.

I am currently working on a number of new eco books, a TV series and a children's book of stories. I am a regular guest on the Transport Evolved (www.TransportEvolved.com) and on This Week In Energy (www.ThisWeekInEnergy.tv), both produced by Little Collie Productions.

I live in Warwickshire in the United Kingdom. I am married with two children.

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Michael Boxwell's excellent book 'Owning an Electric Car' is a must for anyone wanting to buy or drive an electric car. --Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield - EV Cast, February, 2010

A wealth of information, with handy tables and images of the cars, plus tips on costs and how to recharge. --Auto Express, March 10, 2010

Covers everything from range fixation to exactly how "green" electric cars are when charged from a coal-powered grid. --Autoblog Green, March 9,2010

I found it to be an extremely useful guide to the world of electric cars. --Lord Adonis, Department for Transport

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This book is for anyone who is interested in owning an electric car and who wants to know more about them. If you want to know what an electric car is like to own, use and live with on a daily basis, you've come to the right place. By the time you have finished reading this book, you'll understand what it is like to own, use and live with an electric car. You'll understand the arguments both for and against electric car use and you'll know whether or not an electric car is suitable for you.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying book 12 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a straightforward book about electric vehicles and does not get bogged down in lots of 'should we shouldn't' we rhetoric. It gives you clear information about the state of the electric car at present, warts and all. The author clearly likes electric vehicles but he is not on a mission to convert, he is on a mission to educate. We are told about the science, a little history, the issues still to be overcome, the issues that are being solved and the relationship of the car industry and electric vehicles. It takes a look at what it is like to own one from the direct experiences of people who do. It examines in detail the practicalities of running and driving one. He neither urges you nor dissuades you. He simply puts forward the facts. It seemed clear to me after reading this book that the main problem we have with this sort of technology is inertia, misinformation and ignorance on all sides. This book is an antidote. I feel convinced that many of my practical objections have been answered. Battery life, range, cost, comfort, safety and style. It is hard to think of a question about electric vehicles that this book has not answered and it is easy to see that electric cars are no longer wishful thinking. It explains clearly how they work in today's society as a feasible and desirable form of personal transport. It gives you enough information to be sensible about it and know what to ask for in an electric vehicle. After reading it, I am quite convinced that the benefits far outweigh the perceived drawbacks and I feel that I can talk in a fairly balanced way about electric vehicles because the book did not shy away from the difficult aspects such as where do we get the electricity to run them. Surprisingly the book really attempts to take a neutral position about the environmental impact. It is a book about this form of transport in its own right and it gives it to you straight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Objective, Well Researched, Well written 24 Mar 2010
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This book deals with owning and operating an EV.The author speaks with authority on a topic he clearly knows well and has researched carefully. He writes lucidly and objectively, marshalling facts and letting the reader draw his or her own conclusions. What more could one ask?

The book is not very demanding of mathematically: indeed it does not go into much detail about different EV technologies, but that is not what it is about. There are other books for that.

If (like me) you react badly to the word "green", but care about your grandchildren's energy supplies, the section on Electric Cars and the environment is worth the price of the book even if you are a petrol head. I would commend it to Jeremy Clarkson and to the Transport Committee of the House of Commons
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone wanting to own an EV 3 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
There's been so much hype recently about electric cars that it's tough to figure out what you should believe. Many car companies are jumping on the electric vehicle bandwagon; motoring shows are still suspicious and often play the sceptical card. And tales of recent problems with hybrid vehicle drive trains has done nothing to improve this.

But this book blasts clear through the flotsam and jetsam of the electric car world. If you're a consumer interested in greening your ride and buying an electric car this book will tell you all you need to know to get you on an electrically charged path to greener motoring. It has content for everyone from newcomers to the concept of alternative fuelled vehicles to those who have been driving electric cars for years.

Written in plain English, this book dispels some of the nastier myths surrounding electric vehicles; explains the differences between combustion powered cars and electric ones; showcases the latest and best vehicles on the market today, and pools extensive survey research from existing electric vehicle owners from around the world to give you top advice on choosing, buying and living with an electric vehicle.
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Quantock Eco is a newly formed 'green' organisation which is looking seriously into forming and fostering community car clubs in rural areas of West Somerset. I searched the internet for reference material on the the subject and came across Mike Boswell's book.

I was very impressed with Mike's knowledge and enthusiasm of the subject which came across in the book. I particularly liked the review of electric cars on the market at the moment and those which are to be launched onto the market shortly. He is also a pragmatist with a no nonsense approach to the development of these cars in the UK.

I read it from cover to cover as soon as it arrived and although I had some knowledge of the suject it helped considerably to further enhance my knowledge of the subject.

It is obvious that Mike has such a wealth of knowledge, so much so that I contacted him to discuss our plans for electric cars in this part of the UK.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone whos contemplating buying an electric car.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electrified by the ideas in this book 12 Feb 2010
By Ms A. Breen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a straightforward book about electric vehicles and does not get bogged down in lots of 'should we shouldn't' we rhetoric. It gives you clear information about the state of the electric car at present, warts and all. The author clearly likes electric vehicles but he is not on a mission to convert, he is on a mission to educate. We are told about the science, a little history, the issues still to be overcome, the issues that are being solved and the relationship of the car industry and electric vehicles. It takes a look at what it is like to own one from the direct experiences of people who do. It examines in detail the practicalities of running and driving one. He neither urges you nor dissuades you. He simply puts forward the facts. It seemed clear to me after reading this book that the main problem we have with this sort of technology is inertia, misinformation and ignorance on all sides. This book is an antidote. I feel convinced that many of my practical objections have been answered. Battery life, range, cost, comfort, safety and style. It is hard to think of a question about electric vehicles that this book has not answered and it is easy to see that electric cars are no longer wishful thinking. It explains clearly how they work in today's society as a feasible and desirable form of personal transport. It gives you enough information to be sensible about it and know what to ask for in an electric vehicle. After reading it, I am quite convinced that the benefits far outweigh the perceived drawbacks and I feel that I can talk in a fairly balanced way about electric vehicles because the book did not shy away from the difficult aspects such as where do we get the electricity to run them. Surprisingly the book really attempts to take a neutral position about the environmental impact. It is a book about this form of transport in its own right and it gives it to you straight.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent way to get started learning about electric cars 28 Dec 2010
By John C. Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Owning an Electric Car gives anyone interested in electric cars a jump start into understanding them. The book collects a lot of information into one central location and that greatly speeds up the learning process.

Owning an electric car is both better and worse than owning a gasoline powered vehicle and the book carefully explains the differences. The good parts of the electric car being the smooth acceleration, quite ride, and low cost of operation. The bad parts primarily being higher initial costs and relatively short range. The book carefully challenges people's assumptions about range limitation but is realistic about what the cars can achieve and who is likely to be happy with them.

Some of the best information in the book is the CO2 calculations. This collects a lot of information about gasoline cars, electric cars, and electric power production into one place so that the right comparisons can be made. Additionally, the author did some testing personally showing that electric cars have a much lower carbon footprint than even fuel efficient gasoline cars. This is some excellent technical work presented in a not too technical manner. It also shows the much lower operating costs of electric cars. Well done.

However, the author is clearly and EV enthusiast (who else could write such a book) and occasionally comes off the rails. There are tables full of long lists of electric vehicles available today that give the false impression that there are a lot of good choices available. In reality, for the time being, there are almost no choices available. He also gets carried away with what is possible for solar powered electric cars with statement like this: "It may not be that long before solar electric cars become a common sight on our roads." A nice thought, but unlikely.

On just as many occasions, he is very realistic like suggesting that people get an electric vehicle with twice the range they need on a daily basis. This prevents frustration when range is reduced for other reasons such as cold weather and heating. He also flat out tells people with a daily range of 75 miles to forget about electric cars for the moment. Most EV enthusiast would be too optimistic, but the author's firsthand experience with electric cars leads him to be more cautious.

It is worth noting that the author is UK based and this is definitely written from a UK perspective. The higher cost of gasoline and vehicles in general in the UK lead to a different perspective than is appropriate for US readers. Nevertheless, a lot of the information is translated well into the American context with American specific data.

Lastly, this is an excellent reference book for anyone interested in electric vehicles due to the great amount of information it contains.
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