Author(s): John J. Failka
Starting with the early days of the electric car, Fialka documents the M.I.T./Caltech race between prototypes in the summer of 1968 and takes readers up to visionaries like Elon Musk and the upstart young Tesla Motors. Today, the electric has captured the imagination and pocketbooks of American consumers. Organizations like the US. Department of Energy and the state of California, along with companies from the old-guard of General Motors and Toyota have embraced the once-extinct technology. The electric car has steadily gained traction in the U.S. and around the world. We are watching the start of a trillion dollar, worldwide race to see who will dominate one of the biggest commercial upheavals of the 21st century. Drawing from the last decade of his 26-year career at the Wall Street Journal, where he covered energy and environmental matters, ClimateWire founder and industry insider John Fialka recounts the creation and eventual acceptance of the electric car in this thorough, historical look at a subculture, the captains of industry and the technology that made the whole thing possible.
"This is the glorious and sad story of the rise and fall of one of the greatest of the orders, the Sisters of Mercy. One cannot read "Sisters" without recalling the memories of those years and those wonderful, godly, and irreplaceable women." -Pat Buchanan
JOHN FIALKA worked for "The Wall Street Journal"'s Washington Bureau for 26 years. In 2008 he became editor and founder of ClimateWire, a private subscription Internet daily focused on climate change. He has written three books and won several major journalism awards for investigative reporting including the Worth Bingham and Raymond Clapper prizes.