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The Electric Vehicle Conversion Handbook: How to Convert Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, and Bicycles -- Includes EV Components, Kits, and Project Vehicles Paperback – June 7, 2011
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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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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.
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.