- Paperback: 327 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 2 edition (September 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071543732
- ISBN-13: 978-0071543736
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Build Your Own Electric Vehicle 2nd Edition
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The advantages of electric vehicles (EVs) are well-known: nonpolluting operation, a renewable power source, safety, and low cost of operation. The disadvantages include limitations on speed, operating range, and convenience as well as the high cost of converting existing vehicles to electric operation; while acknowledging such other disadvantages as lack of effective heating, air conditioning, and power steering, EV advocate Brant says some of the best-known ones are myths. Speed, for instance, is related to body weight, and less weight means more speed. (Weight is, however, also a factor in safety: lighter weight often means less safety, especially in collisions, and Brant doesn't mention the collision factor.) Brant provides comprehensive instruction in converting a vehicle to electric power. It is not for the casual hobbyist, though, as is evident in such features as formulas for divining the potential top-end speeds of specific EVs--a precise system to answer questions of speed, but hardly the simple ballpark figure casual readers interested in exploring EVs' possibilities might want. Mike Tribby --This text refers to the Digital edition.
About the Author
Seth Leitman, (Briarcliff Manor, NY) is currently President and Managing Member of the ETS Energy Store, LCC, which provides energy efficiency, electric transportation and organic, natural, and sustainable products for business and home use (from energ-efficient bulbs to electric vehicle conversion referrals). Previously, he worked for the New York State Power Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where he helped develop, market, and manage electric and hybrid vehicle programs serving New York State and the New York metropolitan area. Seth is the consulting editor for a series of upcoming titles called the “Green Guru Guides,” which focus on implementing environmentally friendly technologies and making them work for you.
Bob Brant was the forward-thinking author of the now classic first edition of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
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I don't think you will be able to carry out a conversion after reading this book ... but it can get you started. The book was published first in 1994 so when it states "TODAY'S BEST CONTROLLER SOLUTION" ... well ..... things have moved on.And although it is not yet plug and play to convert to EV you actually won't need the all the mathematics and physics of this book.
Cost me $2 used and in good condition ... worth buying it? YES.
Some of the changes from the first edition are just direct text substitutions which make the book glaringly disjointed. The new material is full of blatantly obvious grammar and syntax errors, which leads me to suspect the accuracy of the material overall. Most of the book was not updated at all, and it didn't really get into newer technologies. I didn't feel I could trust it as an up-to-date guide.
I hope the third edition is better, but I haven't seen it. Just beware of which edition is being referred to when reading reviews (perhaps by noting the date of the review), and don't bother buying the second edition.
Very folksy style, lots of preaching. I think the author could assume that anyone reading "Build Your Own Electric Vehicle" does not need to be informed about the benefits of driving an EV. The history of the electric car, and speculation about oil availability, also held no interest to me.
The meat of the book is essentially a record of two EV builds. Useful, but I do not feel that I got a book's worth of instruction.
I found the information about safety cutoffs in the circuits helpful, but did not enjoy the folksy, "gosh golly you'll be fried like a turkey" style (not a quotation from the book).
I am all for the home builder doing their thing, its just that this book needs some updates and links to where you can find the best new controllers, motors, batteries out on the web. If you were wondering what it would take to convert that old 4 banger car into an EV vehicle this book will get you started in the right direction basically.
From there you can probably find what you are looking for out on the web. So its a decent source, just realize its a bit dated.
Thanks for reading my review.