Friday, October 9, 2009

Google co-founder defends book project in NYT op-ed piece

A Library to Last Forever
By Sergey Brin
The New York Times, October 8, 2009

Mountain View, Calif. -- “THE fundamental reasons why the electric car has not attained the popularity it deserves are (1) The failure of the manufacturers to properly educate the general public regarding the wonderful utility of the electric; (2) The failure of [power companies] to make it easy to own and operate the electric by an adequate distribution of charging and boosting stations. The early electrics of limited speed, range and utility produced popular impressions which still exist.”

This quotation would hardly surprise anyone who follows electric vehicles. But it may be surprising to hear that in the year when it was written thousands of electric cars were produced and that year was nearly a century ago. This appeared in a 1916 issue of the journal Electrical World, which I found in Google Books, our searchable repository of millions of

Read the entire op-ed piece in The New York Times.

Sergey Brin is the co-founder and technology president of Google.

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