In December 2006, I was given a preview of a concept car that Chevrolet would reveal in a few weeks time at the Detroit Auto Show. Those of us in attendance didn’t get to see the car’s styling but we did learn about the interesting new powertrain architecture that Bob Lutz and Jon Lauckner had sketched out as a follow-on to GM’s last electric car, the EV1.
Over the next couple of weeks I wrote a series of articles that would be published at the same time the car was unveiled but that was just the beginning. Over the next four years, as engineers , designers and technicians at General Motors and its suppliers worked around the clock to transform the concept into the first mass-produced extended range electric vehicle, I wrote hundreds of thousands of words about the process on AutoblogGreen, Autoblog and GreenFuelsForecast.
Following the production launch of the Chevrolet Volt in late 2010, I began to compile most of those articles along with relevant articles about other similar vehicles into an e-Book. I’ve now published that anthology as Recharging the Car. It’s available now from Amazon’s Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook store and as soon as Apple finishes its approval process it will be in the iBooks store.
Update: It’s now in the iBooks store for those of you using iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches