Our friend Jim Motavalli can easily play the absent-minded professor, but he's whip-smart when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles. Back in 2000, he wrote a book called "Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future" and he's just followed that up with a new tome called "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry." It's because of this new book that he sat down with Jay Leno recently for a short video book club.

High Voltage seems to be (we haven't read it yet) a sort of text version of Chris Paine's new movie Revenge of the Electric Car. The book goes deeper than the film, according to its Amazon page, looking not only at the race to build plug-in cars but also at the charging infrastructure and the changes that electric vehicles will bring to our modern world.

Leno's obviously a fan, writing a blurb for the book that says, "Electricity has always been the best way to power an automobile. At the dawn of the last century, electric cars were the future, and 100 years later they're the future again. For that reason, I'm sure you'll find this book fascinating." Ed Begley Jr., Paine and the hosts of Car Talk also contribute positive comments, so if you trust any of those people, you may want to check out the book. Until then, you can watch Leno and Motavalli talk about the book after the jump.

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