The Global Rise of the Modern Plug-In Electric Vehicle


The Global Rise of the Modern Plug-In Electric Vehicle

Public Policy, Innovation and Strategy

9781800880122 Edward Elgar Publishing
John D. Graham, Professor of Risk and Policy Analysis, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, US and formerly “regulatory czar” in the George W Bush White House
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 012 2 Extent: 496 pp
We may be standing on the precipice of a revolution in propulsion not seen since the internal combustion engine replaced the horse and buggy. The anticipated proliferation of electric cars will influence the daily lives of motorists, the economies of different countries and regions, urban air quality and global climate change. If you want to understand how quickly the transition is likely to occur, and the factors that will influence the predictions of the pace of the transition, this book will be an illuminating read.

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We may be standing at the precipice of a revolution in propulsion not seen since the internal combustion engine replaced the horse and buggy. The proliferation of electric cars will change the daily lives of motorists, boost some regional economies and hurt others, reduce oil insecurity but create new insecurities about raw materials, and impact urban air quality and climate change. If you want to understand how quickly the transition is likely to occur, and the factors shaping the pace of the transition, this book delivers with a candid, illuminating style.

The invention of the lithium-ion battery and its adaptation to the auto sector set the stage for the exciting proliferation of electric cars, beginning with California and Norway. This book focuses on the period from the oil crises of the 1970s to the present, tracing the development of this entirely new industry and its critical supply chain. John Graham delves into the major societal concerns, economic rationales, governmental policies and corporate strategies. He emphasizes that consumer concerns slowed the pace of the transition while spurring more innovation and new policies to persuade reluctant consumers. And he explains why the transition is now occurring much faster in China and Europe than in Japan and the United States. More broadly, the book tells the story of many successes and failures in public policy, technological innovation and corporate strategy.

This book provides an in-depth understanding of how people on every continent in the world are contributing to the new electric-vehicle industry, including the raw materials, battery components, electric motors and charging stations. Faculty, students and researchers will appreciate the integrated treatment of the technical, economic, political and international issues. For the practitioner in industry, government and civil society, the book is an engaging look at the roles of key decision makers and organizations, both those favoring electric cars and those opposed.
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‘This book is literally electrifying. John Graham connects all the circuits to deliver an exciting and edifying analysis of the seemingly imminent transformation of our transportation system to electric vehicles. Drawing on his deep expertise in automobile science, safety and politics, Graham shows how technological advances, charismatic leaders, and energy and environmental policies have driven the EV competition among the United States, Europe, Japan, China and others. This detailed and thorough book will ground a serious discussion and spark a provocative debate on the future of our cars and our societies.’
– Jonathan B. Wiener, Duke University, US

‘A new age may be dawning, in which plug-in electric cars and light trucks will largely replace those powered by oil. John Graham provides a magisterial and comprehensive overview of the technologies, consumer demand, production supply chains, and government policies that shape the differing pace of change in the US, Europe, Japan, and China.’
– James K. Hammitt, Harvard University, US

‘Plug-in vehicles have great promise, but there are numerous factors influencing the pace and extent of the transition around the world. Dr Graham cuts through the conflicting claims and offers a refreshingly objective account of how technology, policies and consumer preferences influence the history and future of this nascent global industry.’
– John German, Principal, JG Consulting LLC and decades of experience at Chrysler, Honda, EPA and the International Council on Clean Transportation

‘In contrast to the simple idea that “if you build it they will come,” Prof. John Graham's comprehensive analysis of vehicles propelled by electric motors tells a richly complex and nuanced story. Graham details how battery and hydrogen technologies, vehicle performance, supply chains, and the development of fueling and charging infrastructures, has interacted with concerns about air quality, climate policy, industrial policy, trade policy, energy security and the ups and downs of the economy – playing out very differently in the U.S., Europe, China and Japan. This comprehensive exploration will be must reading for all who care about the past and likely future evolution of the automobile.’
– Professor M. Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University, US and former chair of the EPA Science Advisory Board
Contents: Preface 1. Rise of the modern electric vehicle 2. Consumer perspectives 3. Energy security 4. Urban air quality 5. Global climate change 6. Prelude to China’s leapfrog gambit 7. Rescuing the auto industry 8. The supply chain: produce or outsource? 9. Securing raw materials 10. From cheater to innovator 11. Charging networks and the grid 12. Persuading consumers 13. Predicting the pace of the transition Index
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