Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories




Electric cars from major manufacturers like Chevy and Nissan as well as startups like Tesla and Lucid Motors are bringing cutting-edge emissions-free technology to modern roads. And Formula E is bringing elite-level all-electric racing to cities worldwide. But as newfangled as these cars seem, they are far from the first. By, like, a century.

Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories is an ebook in three acts:

  • A proto-hipster who dropped out of Columbia to start an electric vehicle business in Brooklyn
  • A speed-crazed Belgian who battled to break the 100 km/h barrier
  • An inventor whose inventions sometimes veered off track – literally – and into crowds of spectators

Lightning in a Throttle is the text of a paper author and automotive journalist Kristen Hall-Geisler presented in November 2016 at the Jean S. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History, a  collaboration between the Society of Automotive Historians International Motorsports History and the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY.

Available for Kindle (.mobi file), all other e-readers (.epub file), and a universal format (.pdf). All three formats are in the zipped file; choose the one that fits your reader after you download.