Environmentally friendly cars have been around much longer than you'd think. For example, the first electric cars were introduced in the 1830s. The advantages of a gasoline-powered vehicle were weighed against the electric and in the end the gasoline powered vehicles won out. In the 1960s people began to notice the polluting effects cars had on the atmosphere began to notice that in "placed like Los Angeles, the sky was often hazy and brown with smog." Lung cancer, respiratory problems and global warming were on the horizon. It was definitely time to rethink the fact that we were using nonrenewable resources and hurting our planet and endangering our health.
Famous people like Cameron Diaz, Al Gore and Brad Pitt are trying to set an example by driving hybrid cars. Even making one simple green change is "one way a person can reduce his or her carbon footprint." Motor vehicles contribute a whopping "72 percent of all ozone." With more than 250 million vehicles in the United States alone, we are looking at a serious problem, to say nothing of pollution emitted by oil refineries. In this book you'll learn about the history of hybrid cars, how they work, you'll get to take a look at several examples of these vehicles, and you'll learn how you can help. Did you know that the Lohner-Porsche company, now Porsche, built the first hybrid car in 1899? Amazing!
This is a very thoroughly researched and well-written book about hybrid and electric cars that will fascinate the young car enthusiast. The book is up-to-date and even includes little facts such as the price of gasoline in Europe topped $10 a gallon in 2009. The layout is nice with numerous full colored photographs, informative sidebars and reproductions of interesting ephemera. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, an air pollution experiment, an excellent historical timeline and additional recommended book and Internet resources.