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The Electric Vehicle Conversion Handbook HP1568 Paperback – June 7, 2011
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It begins by explaining what electric cars are along with the advantages and disadvantages they offer. The author doesn't pull any punches, explaining their shortcomings but is clearly enthusiastic about their benefits. From there he moves into helping you determine if an EV is right for you, posing multiple questions and offering different scenarios to help you come to a good decision.
After that, he moves into explaining how one would select a chassis, or car to convert. It might sound like a simple task, but there is a lot to think about here and he's done a nice job addressing the different factors that need to be considered.
Next he moves into discussing each of the different components and the theory behind them. I found this particularly useful and the real strength of the book. We all know you need an electric motor to drive an electric car, but how do you choose which one to buy. The same holds true with the other components: the controller, the charger and of course the batteries. What the author has done is to talk about the theory behind each component, why they're necessary, how they work, and the various categories of each (for instance, lead acid batteries vs. lithium). It leaves you with an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each so you are in a better place to make an informed decision about your conversion.
Lastly, he presents 9 different projects from different builders.Read more ›
When you are done reading this book you will be very prepared for each step in the conversion process. It lays out a good plan of attack for doing the job. I plan on doing a conversion this summer and will use this book as the basis of my build. I have other 'conversion' books that are good, and will reference them also. But the one I will turn to first is this one.
This is a good starting point, I was hoping for a little more, I will need to find another book that maybe gets past the general description of components and more on integrating it into your ICE in an actual conversion.
However, I was hoping for something a bit more detailed from both books. However, I realize it's hard to keep these books current on such a rapidly-changing topic. A couple of the companies referenced have since gone out of business.
I strongly recommend this book receive and update to various publicly available charge modes. DIY EV converters are starting to adapt DC fast charging to their cars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best Book available for the do-it-yourself person.Excellent product. Exceeded my expectations, will definitely buy these again.Published 3 months ago by WILDERNESS EV
Awesome book if you're looking to convert your car to electric. It has many good bit of information that will give you a great start on converting your car.Published 4 months ago by Isaac Novak
Adequate reference for someone looking to build an electric car with many actual builds and all pertinent information on each.Published 9 months ago by ZozoKidd
Although well intended I'm sure, this book has little to offer the knowledgeable electric vehicle enthusiast.Published 10 months ago by Matty
I got this for my husband and he likes it. He hasn't finished it yet, but it does have some good information in it that he can use down the line.Published 13 months ago by Judy Jakob
Very interesting and I love that it is promoting more environmental actionsPublished 14 months ago by Carmin Beck