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Science  23 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5508, pp. 1495
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5508.1495

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The Electric Vehicle and the Burden of History. David A. Kirsch. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, 2000. 307 pp. $52. ISBN 0-8135-2808-9; Paper, $20. ISBN 0-8135-2809-7.

Exploring the early 20th century rise and fall of electric vehicles, Kirsch explains the abandonment of electric vehicles in terms of the business strategies of their manufacturers and electric utilities as well as the expectations and choices of consumers.

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