Disclaimer: I just finished reading a digital galley that I was provided access to via Edelweiss. What follows is my semi-immediate response to this book.
Ingenious: A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America by Jason Fagone
There was an X Prize to encourage people to try and get a person into space. That went well. So they did another X Prize for automobiles with a target of building a car that could travel 100 miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gas. The book Ingenious tells the story of the people who competed in this competition, and won it.
There were several competitors including Edison 2 and their Very Light Car whose philosophy is based around the idea that a lighter car requires less energy to propel. There are the people at Illuminati Motors who built their electric car in a barn. There are the kids at West Philly that built TWO cars to compete. There's the well funded entry from Aptera motors. All of these teams working to try and build a car that is twice as fuel efficient as a Toyota Prius.
If you're the type of person who appreciates science and non-fiction books, I highly recommend this book. I feel that is a very specific audience, but since this is the internet, there are more than a few of you lurking around. I enjoyed the writing and reporting. Thumbs up.
Please note: the current electric wunderkind, the Tesla S, did not compete, did not win the prize. C'est la history.