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Carl Vogel is the president of Vogelbuilt Corporation, a research, engineering, and development company for alternative fuels and alternative fueled vehicles. Vogelbuilt is in the process of building a renewable fueling station. Carl is also the president of the Long Island Chapter of the Electrical Automotive Association. Prior to that, he worked at Festo Corporation and Curtis instruments, planning and designing robotic and programmable logic controller applications, as well as designing solid state motor controllers for electric vehicles. Carl also taught at SUNY Farmingdale, expanding the electric vehicle and fuel cell operations on campus.

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Product Details

  • Series: TAB Green Guru Guides
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1 edition (July 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071622934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071622936
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book should have been titled "Electric Components and their History". Over 300 pages and most is about the components and their inner workings. Like what is inside a battery. Most of the batteries and motors are not even what you would use for a Motorcycle. The last chapter titled "The Build" is just a few more pictures from the first chapter. If you want to know about electric components this is the book for you. If you want to build an Electric Motorcycle forget it this is anything but that book. Very disappointing I expected to build a motorcycle not study history, most of which was outdated. Even reporting on the EV1 being distroyed, how long ago was that? This is a reprint not an update.
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By Paper mate on February 5, 2010
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Pictures and illustrations too small or otherwise unreadable, page after page of irrelevant information like; battery recycling, steam powered bikes and sketchy electric bike history.
The information on I.C. motorbike efficiency and fuel consumption is way too inaccurate.
There's not enough information on current battery technology, and current battery powered bikes - like the TTXGP race bikes.
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This book is not very good, IF one has read Build Your Own Electric Vehicle

This book takes the same information and applies it to the motorcycle. However, whole chapters from the old book are essentially copy pasted into this one, including typos. Furthermore, the information I would have wanted, like plans for the motorcycle, are totally absent.

What a disappointment!

I do recommend "Build Your Own Electric Vehicle." It is a good book, although poorly edited. This volume on the other hand gives us absolutely no new information and is essentially the same book, applied to motorcycles.

Definitely not worth the purchase price in my opinion.
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This book is a 2009 edition,it has exactly the same EV info,as a 20 year old book I already own,Except not as good.
Full of history,good and bad points,A huge section on saving the planet,Also huge section on each part,ie history,how,and why it works,also make your own descission what to buy ?.
Promises of a fast or long range or all round bike,Answer work it out your self ?.The build section,or what I did as a lad,small blurry,black and white pictures,less than 10 pages,of an 800lbs bike,that does'nt go very far or mildly fast, Disappointed,I expected the latest info,and a large part of the book to be the build,of a resent project,Not some old gezzers memoirs, I really do not care that sir Issac,got hit on the head,by an apple,I do not need to no the inner workings,history of each and every part,I want a recent build,with recent parts,for an all round bike,ie 65 mph longest range I can get,with the lightest bike possible.
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Good seller, but the book is heavy on theory and short on practical examples you can use. You can take the equations and theory and come up with horsepower, amperage, etc., but it would have been better if examples and tables showed something like: to move a 1,000 lb (motorcycle and load) at 80 MPH with a 2 hr range, you need a **HP AC motor using **AMPS/**VOLTS, and * batteries of **volt/**amps. Use a xyz **HP motor model 123 or equivalent, combined with 6 TUV brand batteries model 456.
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I was flipping through this book, and my initial feeling was that it was a totally lopsided, fan boy publication meant to proselytize on the subject in order to sell books. Drawbacks to this approach (systems and batteries destroyed due to some screw up, extended or non-existent payback period given the short life of lead-acid batteries) seemed to be pretty much winked at then disregarded. Besides, who wants to buy a book which would give an even-handed treatment, and likely dissuade many people from attempting a build.

In one sentence near the end of an early chapter, the author's self-serving attitude (pump up the crowd and sell a bunch of books) was so clearly demonstrated with a comment that I have to paraphrase here: "Of course there is the problem of seeing-impaired vehicle drivers who will no longer be able to hear your bike in order to avoid you, but you will be able to advertise to the world your commitment to saving the planet". Of course, that's too long to put on a headstone, but, details details.

And, yes, it looks like whole chapters were lifted from the other fan-boy book "Build your own electric vehicle", to fill space I guess.
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this was a great book. It gave a good mix of equations, examples, picture and real world experience. Based in part of this book, I didn't build an electric motorcycle because I realized my 20 highway commute just wasn't piratical with current batteries I could afford.

again, this was a great book!
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Mr Vogel's work will no doubt change the world. His contributions to the field of transportation are truly exemplary. This book smooths out complexities and simplifies the process of creating a new powered machine. Electric is the new energy source of tomorrow and he proves it can be just as sexy as its gas-powered cousin
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