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Electric Avenue

How to Make Zero-Emissions Cars Go Mainstream

Author: David M. Levinson
May/June 2014
Foreign Affairs

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In 1896, a 33-year-old engineer working for the Detroit branch of Thomas Edison's Edison Illuminating Company traveled to New York for the firm's annual convention. The automobile was the obvious technology of the future by then, but it wasn't yet clear what would propel it: steam, electricity, or gasoline. Edison had been tinkering with batteries that could power a car, so he was interested to hear that the engineer from Detroit had invented a two-cylinder gasoline vehicle. After hearing a description of the car, Edison immediately recognized its superiority.

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