A University of Central Florida graduate who published a book about his experience owning an electric car has picked up a big endorsement from world-famous author -- and fellow electric car driver -- Stephen King.

Chris Sharek hit 20,000 miles in his 2011 Chevy Volt while averaging 219 miles per gallon and decided the world needed to know, so he decided to write a book.

According to Sharek, who graduated as an environmental engineer from UCF, electric vehicles were an inevitability of the automotive industry.

His book, titled "The Electric Vehicle Revolution," summarizes his first 26,000 miles, or almost two years, of ownership experience.

Sharek recalled meeting King during a recent dedication ceremony for a public charging station in Sarasota.

"When I humbly asked him to autograph a novel for me, Mr. King gladly signed it 'From one Volt owner to another,'" Sharek said.

Upon review of Sharek's EV book, the world famous author encouraged his followers to "read Chris Sharek's lucid fact-filled book, and see if you don't agree."

"I was tired of hearing people brag about their green Prius getting 50 mpg, while I was getting over 4 times that," Sharek said. "Americans need to know that there is a vehicle for sale today that gets this kind of mileage, and it's built in Detroit."

Sharek said he made the decision to go electric after a vacation to Iceland, where he paid $8 per gallon for gasoline.

Sharek claims electric cars are quieter, have less moving parts, require less maintenance and are cleaner for the environment than internal combustion engine vehicles.

"Even when we're burning coal to make the electricity, the air pollution controls on that stationary, federally regulated and inspected power plant far exceed the millions of mobile, not even state-regulated tailpipes of our ICEs," said Sharek. "Believe me, I toured the large coal burning plant in east Orlando during my air pollution class with UCF. The series of air pollution controls at this facility are amazing."

"I currently have 33,000 miles on my vehicle and I've never done an oil change," Sharek boasted, explaining that since the oil life is based on the time the engine runs, not the odometer, that his first oil change is projected to be around 80,000 miles.