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This new, updated edition of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle contains everything that made the first edition so popular and now also covers all the technological advances and new electric car parts that are readily available on the EV market today.
Build Your Own Electric Vehicle will put you in the driver's seat of a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, electric car.
This comprehensive guide covers it all, including converting an internal combustion engine to an electric engine and building an electric vehicle from scratch - for the same amount or even less than purchasing a traditional car. The book describes each component in detail — electric motor, battery, controller, charger and chassis — and provides step-by-step instructions on how to put them all together.
A complete source chapter shows you where to find each component for building an electric car, or a full-service shop that will convert your car for you.
Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition, covers:
- EV vs. Internal Combustion Engine Overview
- Environmental and Energy Savings
- EV Evolution Since the First Electric Car
- Current Purchase and Conversion Cost
- Chassis Frame and Design
- Today's Best Motors
- Battery Discharging/Charging Styles
- Electrical Power Systems
- Licensing and Insurance Issues
- Electric Car Clubs and Associations
- Additional Resources
About the authors:
Seth Leitman is president and managing member of the ETS Energy Store, LLC, which sells organic, natural and sustainable products for business and home use (from energy-efficient bulbs to electric vehicle conversion referrals). He is the consulting editor for a series of upcoming titles called the "Green Guru Guides," which will focus on implementing environmentally friendly technologies and making them work for you.
Bob Brant was the author of the first edition of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle in 1993, and, some might say he was ahead of his time in his passion to convert to electric. Bob grew up in New York City, got a BSEE, and worked on NASA projects such as Apollo, Lunar Excursion Module and the Earth Resources Technology Satellite.