Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars: Benefits and Conversions

Would you like a car that gets 100 miles per gallon? A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle does just that.

| July 13, 2010

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    The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid is scheduled to be released in 2012.
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    “Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle” puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to hitting the road in a reliable, economical and environmentally friendly ride. The book provides details on everything from the energy savings and environmental benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to the drivetrain components and conversion process.

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The following is an excerpt from Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle  by Seth Leitman. (McGraw-Hill, 2009). Written by clean energy guru and electric vehicle expert Leitman, this hands-on guide gives you the latest technical information and easy-to-follow instructions for building a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). This excerpt is from Chapter 1, “Why Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars Can Happen Now,” and Chapter 2, “PHEVs Save the Environment and Energy.”

What is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle? Why should I take a hybrid electric car and convert it to a plug-in hybrid?

The best way I can put it is to say that a plug-in hybrid is cleaner and more energy-efficient than a hybrid electric car. A plug-in hybrid can be a gas car with electric batteries that have a range of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 miles, or it can be a hybrid electric car that has a purely zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) range of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 miles.

Why Should You Convert Your Car to a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle?

If you use your car for commuting to work or driving around town, a plug-in hybrid acts as an electric car all the time you are driving. How important is that? Well, let’s put it this way: I am an electric vehicle purist at heart, and to transform the automobile market, we need more electric and fewer gasoline-powered cars.

You should convert your car simply because a plug-in hybrid electric car is one of the cleanest, most efficient, and most cost-effective forms of transportation around — and it is really fun to drive.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) combine the benefits of pure electric vehicles and those of hybrid electric vehicles. Like pure electric vehicles, they plug in to the electric grid and can be powered by the stored electricity alone. Like hybrid electric vehicles, they have engines that enable them to have a greater driving range and that can recharge the battery.

James Rush_2
7/27/2010 7:22:54 AM

Einstein once suggested that we've gone about as far as we can go with present theories and need to start think outside the box. I have a motor concept that is outside the box. My potential motor develops a rotating magnetic field. There is a device inside this rotating field that becomes polarized. This device will be repulsed by the rotating magnetic field causing motion. Developed torgue will depend on what I am trying to move. The rotating device is constructed to be a generator per Lentz's Law. The developed current will be trapped and sent back to the batteries for recharging.

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