Lightning in a Throttle Kristen Hall-Geisler

Book Ordering Info

  • Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories
  • Ebook $1.99, ISBN 978-0-9893658-5-7
  • Publisher: Practical Fox LLC
  • Published June 15, 2017
  • Available formats: mobi, epub, PDF
  • Contact: info@practicalfox.com

Author Info

Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance writer and book editor living in Oregon. She's honed her research and interviewing skills with the New York Times, TechCrunch, How Stuff Works, Popular Science, US News & World Report, and more. She loves falling down the rabbit hole of research and emerging with a book or article that others find useful and—she hopes—entertaining while still being based on solid sources. She is the author of the historical novel Skull and Sidecar as well as the nonfiction books Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self and Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories.

Contact: khg@kristenhallgeisler.com

About the Book

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 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 basis for 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. Andrew L. Riker Takes an Early Lead
  4. Camille Jenatzy Is Never Content
  5. Walter Baker Torpedoes Road Racing
  6. Conclusions: What Does History Show Us about the Future of Electric Racing?
  7. Notes


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