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"Mark Warner is a professionally licensed mechanical engineer, a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and a life-long automobile expert and builder. He has written five best selling books on automotive technology, hundreds of magazine articles, dozens of peer reviewed technical papers, and holds ten engineering patents. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. When he's not writing, he can usually be found wrenching on a project car in his shop."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HP Books (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557885680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557885685
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. C. Catellier on July 27, 2011
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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.
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I have read a few books for the conversion of an ICE vehicle into an EV, and this book is great! It explains everything you will need to know about the history, process and what the components do. I know that there are others out there that do the same thing, but this book has done it in a manner that anyone will understand. It is very comprehensive and the photos show exactly what is being discussed.

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.
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I wanted a better understanding of how electric cars work and this book delivered 100%. Starts with an overview of all the sub-systems in an electric car then drills down into the hard theory behind what makes it all work. It looked good on the Kindle, no obvious formatting problems, so the editor did their job (high five). The book also dips into the non-technical areas of electric car ownership, reducing dependence on foreign oil, environmental costs, reduced cost of ownership etc. which helped break things up a bit from the straight technical content.
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This book gives a great overview of the components and a working idea of the concepts involved with each of the components, electric motors, batteries, controllers, etc. I was kind of dissappointed in the lack of integrating these components in a conversion project. I want more details of the nuts and bolts on making connections and more importantly how do you wire into your existing gas powered vehicle.

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.
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By A. Sainz on November 17, 2013
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A great book. Just I wish it would have had more details on the conversion examples. I feel it goes very deep on the basics and it covers a lot of preliminary concepts, but it does not go as deep in the chapter related to real life conversions.
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I found this book to be very informative. A must have book in order to build an electric car. Plenty of dos and don't. There is really more information than you actually need.
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This book is quickly becoming dated. It has a lot of great fundamentals, but needs an update on newer motor, controller, and battery technology. DIY EVs are advancing quickly!

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.
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Book was somewhat dated by this point in history but the basics were covered. That's where the book stops. No advanced concepts or recommendations given for vehicle conversion planning so the reader is left a bit more informed but still just north of clueless.
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