24 Dec '11, 7pm

How and where EVs recharge is shaping into a monumental technology shift.

When the Toyota Prius debuted in the United States a decade ago, reactions were polarized. Fans loved its tantalizing mileage; skeptics scoffed at its relatively high cost and smug eco-imaging. Today, with more than two million sold, the groundbreaking gas-electric hybrid is as uncontroversial as it is unsexy, its success a profitable reward for an early, risky bet on green technology. In High Voltage , the longtime automotive journalist Jim Motavalli argues that we're at the start of a similar arc with electric vehicles, or EVs. As these finally hit the streets, we're still early in the fascination-versus-skepticism phase. Pundits fret over "range anxiety" -- how far an EV can go on a charge -- while consumers are drawn to the remarkable mileage, the equivalent of as much as 100 miles per gallon of gasoline. Riding shotgun with Motavalli, readers get a sense of how this t...

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