Russell Sydney


Russell Sydney is uniquely qualified to write about the burgeoning use of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and e-bikes – the Electric Vehicle (EV) Solution.

Russell is a seasoned and experienced writer and international seminar leader. He has a gift for turning technical information about things like electric cars into readily usable and understandable language. He has been the Editor and Principle Writer for the Sustainable Transport Club Newsletter since 2004. He is the author of the best-selling Bust the Y2K Bug and A History of the Farmers Markets Movement in California.

His professional career has included rising to the top of the training field. Russell has trained people on technology throughout the United States, all across Canada, around the U.K., and down into the Caribbean. This work helped over 300 companies adopt new technologies and over 8,000 people with various aspects of business and computerization.

Russell Sydney also helped create one of the leading Electric Vehicle Areas in the U.S. This EV Area stretches from Long Beach to Santa Monica and up to Santa Barbara. It has one of the highest concentrations of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and e-bikes in the U.S. He has worked with many of the top EV leaders and developers as well as hundreds of electric car drivers and e-bike riders around the country. He is communicating their knowledge about handling high gas prices and how to save energy. In addition, he is communicating his own personal experiences with EVs. He is a Chevy Volt driver and has been driving and testing all sorts of electric cars and e-bikes since 2003.

Russell Sydney has a Master’s Degree in International Development from UC Davis.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My early years were in London, England where people walked, bicycled and took buses as well as riding the Tube (underground). Cars were small and economical. People drove as little as possible. It all seemed very efficient.

Then there were the killer fogs that showed the dark side of burning fuel - literally. People were actually dying from having burned the stuff.

At age eleven we moved to Southern California where no one walked, only kids rode bicycles and everything else involved cars -big ones. People commuted long distances and took every opportunity to take a road trip. Road trips were really long as well. None of it seemed efficient or economical in any way.

Then there were the frequent SMOG alerts. Sunsets were brown and not red. The hills would disappear on a regular basis behind layers of brown nasty air. Car fumes would choke out any ideas of walking near traffic. None of that made any sense to a rosy cheeked English kid.

The energy efficiency and waste issues are the ones that brought my focus to the information in this book. The killer fogs and nasty brown air had a big impact but that is for future books to delve into. The concern about waste is a good place to start our journey to the EV Solution.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is to do with the first oil war, meaning the Gulf War and all the oil events since. The events that include using our military to protect the world's oil supply. Having grown up in the aftermath of World War II with rubble and burned out buildings as part of my playground had an impact. That rubble was still there over a dozen years after the war. The English culture was still dominated by the long term effects of the war.

The wasteful use of oil just seems like a poor reason to move people toward all of the consequences that lie on the road ahead. The EV solution can help keep those consequences to a manageable level but it takes lots of people to get that to happen. Reading this and the books to come will help all of us to get that.
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Energy and EV Secrets: How the volt, plug-in hybrids, electric cars and e-bikes can save energy and cut your gas prices
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 67,450. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance, Nonfiction » Transportation » Automobiles
Energy and EV Secrets lays out the pressing energy concerns and shows the way to the EV Solution; pressing concerns like your bank account and how imported oil threatens national security, the economy, and good jobs. It shows that the EV Mindset can let you fight high gas prices and get past all the big obstacles to driving electric cars and plug-in vehicles of all kinds.

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