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A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
from the Ground Up

Written by clean energy guru and electric vehicle expert Seth 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).

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. Inside, you'll find complete details on the hybrid powertrain and all
the required components, including the motor, battery, and chassis. The book
covers the plug-in hybrids currently on the market as well as hybrid conversion
companies, conversion kits, and related resources. Pictures, diagrams, charts,
and graphs illustrate each step along the way. With this how-to guide on hand,
you'll be behind the wheel of your own plug-in hybrid electric automobile in no

Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle covers:

Energy savings and environmental benefits
PHEV background
Drivetrain components and design
Chassis selection
DC and AC motor types
Batteries and chargers
The conversion process
Licensing and insurance
Safety, maintenance, troubleshooting, and warranties
Clubs and associations
Additional resources
A practical guide to for building an electric motorcycle from the
ground up

Complete with hundreds of step-by-step pictures, charts, and
graphs for the latest and most efficient technologies, this new TAB
Green Guru Guide shows you how to build an electric motorcycle
from scratch.

Written by an electric vehicle expert, Build Your Own Electric
Motorcycle provides current data on all required materials,
components, and specifications. The book covers basic calculations
and assumptions, and includes information on sources, parts,
companies, and experts. Have fun and save energy at the same
time with help from this hands-on guide.

Table of contents
Electric Motorcycles: Hybrid; Fuel Cell; Advanced Battery; Advantages/Disadvantages
Cross-Country Journey Electric Vehicle History
Design Options: Charts & Graphs; Do’s and don’ts; Safety Issues and Precautions
Vehicle Conversion: Center of gravity; Braking; Fork angle and rake; Tire Selection;   
Suspension; Transmission
Selection of Parts: Considerations about weight of chassis, batteries
Technical Resources: Battery Calculations; Wind Forces; Drag Forces; Angle of Incline;
Motor Power; Energy Density; Weight; Gear Ratios Electric Motors
Motor Controllers: Operation; Solutions; Wiring and Safety, diagrams
Batteries: Battery History; Technology explained; Options
Battery Chargers: Explanation of electrical systems
Sources, parts, companies, and experts
Formulas, Calculations & References
This new, updated edition of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
contains everything that made the first edition so popular while
adding all the technological advances and new parts that are readily
available on the market today.

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle gets on the expressway to a green,
ecologically sound, cost-effective way that even can look cool, too!

This comprehensive how-to goes through the process of
transforming an internal combustion engine vehicle to electric or
even building an EV from scratch for as much or even cheaper than
purchasing a traditional car. The book describes each component in
detail---motor, battery, controller, charger, and chassis---and
provides step-by-step instructions on how to put them all together.

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition, covers:

EV vs. Combustible Engine Overview
Environmental and Energy Savings
EV Evolution since the First Electric Car
Current Purchase and Conversion Costs
Chassis and Design
Today's Best Motors
Battery Discharging/Charging Styles
Electrical Systems
Licensing and Insurance Issues
Related Clubs and Associations
Additional Resources
Paperback, 327 pages
September 23, 2008
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June 22, 2009
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June 22, 2009
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