Two decades of perspective on electric cars, renewable fuels, and advanced technology vehicles. Plus, what's coming next. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on December 28, 2012.
About this project
The nonprofit 501(c)(3) Green Car Institute is working on a very special project – the Green Car Journal 20th Anniversary Issue for this authoritative quarterly publication. Your support will help make this happen. This project represents an exciting way for the Green Car Institute to help foster a broader understanding of the benefits brought by more environmentally positive ‘green’ vehicles, through the lens of an award-winning magazine that for two decades has ‘seen it all.’
Green Car’s writers and editors have been focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since the very early 1990s, witnessing the ebb and flow of electric and alternative fuel vehicles, the emergence of many new companies in this field and their ultimate demise, and the epic struggle to improve the nation’s air quality, energy diversity, and the future of transportation. This issue will be forward-looking to aid understanding of where we are headed, along the way analyzing the automobiles and technologies that will define our future. Importantly, it will also look back to provide the context needed to truly understand this often complex and evolving field.
It's no small cost to write, design, print, and distribute a high-quality, special edition magazine ... so your support is instrumental in helping us produce this project. Your pledge will also help defray the cost of providing copies of the Green Car Journal 20th Anniversary Issue to as many schools across the country as possible. The issue’s informative features are certain to be of interest to students and teachers alike, providing elements of history, technology, transportation, environmental impact, politics, and business at many levels.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Simple: You care because we need better and more environmentally compatible cars that are still fun to drive. The air we breathe – and the air our kids breathe – needs to be cleaner and free of tailpipe pollution. Cars must produce fewer carbon emissions since this has potential serious implications for our future. Our cars need vastly better fuel economy so wildly fluctuating gas prices are less of a strain on our budgets and our sensibilities. We need to depend less on oil imported from far away, at unacceptable cost to us both financially and politically.
You need reliable and insightful information, with context. Explanations about why electric cars failed in the 1990s and why they’re back now. Whether they’ll be successful this time around. What our choices are today, from vehicles running on alternative fuels to conventionally powered vehicles achieving ever-higher mpg. And explorations that address the important question: Can we really break transportation’s near-total dependence on oil?
This special edition offers a compelling overview that combines an insightful history of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles over the past two decades with a realistic look at ‘green’ vehicles and where we are today, from the perspective of an award-winning independent publication that’s widely recognized as the leading voice in this field.
NOTE: Green Car Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your pledge may be tax deductible. Consult your tax adviser for details.
Risks and challenges
It's understandable to explore potential risks, but we don't see any obstacles here. Green Car Institute's president Ron Cogan has managed multi-faceted projects for 30 years, along the way editing and publishing magazine titles on time, as planned. The writers and editors working on this project have been doing this for many years. The deadline is realistic, the workload predictable, and the subject matter, frankly, inspiring to the point where it's often less like work than pursuing a passion. We all want to share this information. The project requires considerable effort but that's what drives us. The cover is designed, the direction is clear, the funding awards are straightforward, and the articles, as we like to say, 'are all written...they're just in our head!'
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