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The internal combustion engine has had its day. The big upheaval won’t happen tomorrow – or even by 2025 – but eventually, the gas pump will be a museum relic and electric cars will be common. In this exhaustively researched, compelling history, auto industry expert Levi Tillemann offers an overview of the field with a focus on how Japanese companies rose to prominence. The author – who learned Japanese and Chinese so he could delve into those nations’ auto industries – details the birth and development of the electric car and explains how its future is likely to unfold. getAbstract recommends his insights and predictions to car lovers, futurists, investors, entrepreneurs, history buffs, gearheads, carmakers, dealers and all drivers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the automobile industry evolved and what its future holds,
  • Why the internal combustion engine will eventually give way to electric-powered cars, and
  • Why the US government and its automakers must work together to remain competitive.

About the Author

Levi Tillemann is the Cal and Jeff Leonard Fellow at the New America Foundation. He served as Special Advisor for Policy and International Affairs at the US Department of Energy.



The Race Is On
American auto manufacturers dominated the world market in the first half of the 20th century. By the 1980s, however, consumers turned to Japanese companies such as Honda and Toyota because of their cars’ quality, fuel efficiency and emission controls. With electric-based...

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