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■ Where’s My Solar Car? Finally, the Fisker Karma, which I have
read will be on the market next year, will FUTURIST is included with membership in
Regarding Kenneth W. Harris’s article be an all-electric sports car with optional the World Future Society. Membership dues
“Outlook for the Automobile’s Alterna- solar roof for charging. I expect it too will are $59 annually for individuals ($20 for full-
tives” (September-October 2008), I am be available initially only in California. time students under age 25). Subscription
curious why no mention was made of so- I was not aware that China had solar- is available to nonmembers (either individu-
lar cars. powered buses, but I believe the Chinese als or organizations) at $69 each. Payment
Before I relocated to a small rural have some buses that are fuel-cell pow- should be in U.S. currency by means of a
French village, I was a New Yorker. I re- ered. Perhaps some or all of these use so-
member that in the 1980s, The New York check, money order, or credit card (VISA,
lar energy for electricity to produce the Mastercard, Discover, American Express).
Times Magazine had an article about an hydrogen by electrolysis.
American inventor who had produced a For orders delivered in the state of Mary-
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the power derived from solar cells on the ■ More Work Needed on
car’s roof. It had all the capabilities of a “Consumer” Trends OUTSIDE U.S.A.: Subscription charges
gas-driven car and could even function Parts One and Two of Andy Hines’s (dues) are the same throughout the world.
on cloudy days. consumer trends article (July-August and For airmail service, the charge is $30
I understand that solar cells now are September-October 2008) present a good worldwide.
more much efficient. I think batteries, too, analysis of various social issues facing
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any cars yet in mass production that are technologies) and trends related to socio- issue