JULY 28 (fourth Thursday) meeting – A different look at the future of the electric car with Seth Fletcher, author of “Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars and the New Lithium Economy.”

Seth Fletcher, author of “Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the Lithium Economy,” comes to the July 28 meeting to discuss how widespread adoption of electric cars could incite dramatic shifts in global wealth, power and influence. The meeting – the fourth Thursday of the month – begins with a noon reception followed by Fletcher’s presentation and a Q&A session.

As usual, the gathering will be at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street, New York. Members are $35, others, $45.

The publisher supplied the following blurb on Fletcher’s book and biographical background:

“In Bottled Lightning, the science reporter Seth Fletcher takes us on a fascinating journey, from the salt flats of Bolivia to the labs of MIT and Stanford, from the turmoil at GM to cutting-edge lithium-ion battery start-ups, introducing us to the key players and ideas in an industry with the power to reshape the world. Lithium is the thread that ties together many key stories of our time: the environmental movement; the American auto industry, staking its revival on the electrification of cars and trucks; the struggle between first-world countries in need of natural resources and the impoverished countries where those resources are found; and the overwhelming popularity of the portable, Internet-connected gadgets that are changing the way we communicate.”

Seth Fletcher is a senior editor at Popular Science and the author of Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy, published by the Hill & Wang imprint of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Men’s Journal, Outside, Salon, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.