“Kicking Gas and Taking Charge!” Fuels the Sustainability Drive

In 2013, Duane Leffel joined a group of pioneers for the Ride the Future Tour, a 44-day cross-country journey using four types of electric vehicles to demonstrate the viability and potential of early electric technology. Battling weather, injuries and the ongoing challenge of finding power sources, the group came away from the adventure with stories of people, places and examples of sustainability accomplishments along the way . . . not to mention a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for Leffel, who was driving a 2013 Nissan LEAF.
Leffel chronicles the expedition—the good, the bad and the often hilarious—in “Kicking Gas & Taking Charge!” (Clovercroft Publishing: January 1, 2018), a behind the scenes look at the group’s triumphant journey. Incisive, witty and illustrated with over 500 color photos, “Kicking Gas & Taking Charge!” is the precursor to the electric-car revolution . . . an eco-friendly initiative that GM and other auto manufacturers have embraced as they transition to full electric vehicle line-ups over the next few decades. The book also provides a common-sense review of sustainability, why it matters and a series of easy, proactive steps we all can take to support the sustainability movement.

“I’m not a tree hugger and I’m not asking you to be,” says Leffel. “All I’m asking is that we be better global citizens and all do our part to keep the earth as we know it for our kids and future generations. It’s really that simple.”
“Kicking Gas & Taking Charge!” releases January 1, 2018. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as the author’s website. The book is also available on Kindle, Nook, Apple and other e-book viewers. For more information about the book, the Ride the Future Tour and the author, visit kickinggasandtakingcharge.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A former executive for Nissan North America, Leffel has over 30 years of sales a marketing expertise in the automotive and construction industries. He’s an accomplished speaker and has a degree in metallurgical engineering as well as a Business Certificate from the University of Cincinnati. Duane resides in Nashville and is the proud father of two grown daughters.