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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to start your conversion with, July 27, 2011
This review is from: The Electric Vehicle Conversion Handbook HP1568 (Paperback)
Converting a car to electric drive is no small task. It is by no means impossible, but if you're going to do it, you need to be well armed with the right information to help keep mistakes to a minimum, keep costs low and assure success. This book has a very methodical approach to conversions that I think most would find very useful.

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. They include a wide variety of vehicles, including a bicycle, a motor cycle, a truck, a van and even a couple sports cars. More than anything, these serve as an example of what can be accomplished with careful planning and execution.

The book doesn't offer a step by step guide for converting a car. That would be impossible considering the number of different cars there are to choose from and the multitude of components that are available. Instead, it aims to teach you how to make informed decisions about all of the various aspects involved through the entire process of the conversion. All in all I think it is a very useful book to anyone considering their own conversion.
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This is a great review. Very informative and very useful for any prospective buyer. I wish all reviewers put this much effort in their reviews. Thanks
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