Build Your Own Electric Vehicle

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle


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Go Green-Go Electric!

Faster, Cheaper, More Reliable

While Saving Energy and the Environment

“Empowering people with the tools to convert their own vehicles provides an immediate path away from petroleum dependence and should be part of the solutions portfolio.” – Chelsea Sexton, Co-founder, Plug In America and featured in Who Killed the Electric Car?

“Create a superior driving experience, strengthen America, and restore the planet’s ecosystems…that’s the promise of this book and it’s well worth a read!” – Josh Dorfman, Founder & CEO – Vivavi, Modern Green Furniture Store; Author, The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living.

This new, updated edition of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle contains everything that made the first edition so popular while adding all the technological advances and new parts that are readily available on the market today.

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle gets on the expressway to a green, ecologically sound, cost-effective way that even can look cool, too!

This comprehensive how-to goes through the process of transforming an internal combustion engine vehicle to electric or even building an EV from scratch for as much or even cheaper than purchasing a traditional car. The book describes each component in detail—-motor, battery, controller, charger, and chassis—-and provides step-by-step instructions on how to put them all together.

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition, covers:

  • EV vs. Combustible Engine Overview
  • Environmental and Energy Savings
  • EV Evolution since the First Electric Car
  • Current Purchase and Conversion Costs
  • Chassis and Design
  • Today's Best Motors
  • Battery Discharging/Charging Styles
  • Electrical Systems
  • Licensing and Insurance Issues
  • Driving
  • Maintenance
  • Related Clubs and Associations
  • Additional Resources

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071543736
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Pages: 327
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Seth Leitman is the Managing Member for ETS Energy Store, LLC, a green living and renewable energy consulting company. Prior to this, he worked for the State of New York where he was instrumental in adding more than 3,500 alternative-fueled vehicles and buses to fleets statewide. Leitman also served as the Market Development and Policy Specialist for the New York Power Authority, where he helped create, roll out, and run electric and hybrid vehicle programs serving the New York City metropolitan area. He has a large following on his blog,, Discovery's, Mother Earth News, and other media

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface Chapter 1. Why Electric Vehicles Are Still Right for Today!
Chapter 2. Electric Vehicles Save the Environment and Energy Chapter 3. Electric Vehicle History Chapter 4. The Best Electric Vehicle for You Chapter 5. Classics and Design Chapter 6. Electric Motors Chapter 7. The Controller Chapter 8. Batteries Chapter 9. The Charger and Electrical System Chapter 10. Electric Vehicle Conversion Chapter 11. Maximize Your Electric Vehicle Enjoyment Chapter 12. Sources Index

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John_Hardy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is Leitman's update of Bob Brant's original 1993 book. I have read both.Like the original book it suffered from excessive tree-hugging. I read the book for an insight into electric vehicles, not a rehash of material from the International Panel on Climate Change (which some people believe and others do not).Given it's date, I was surprised that there was not more discussion of Lithium batteries and AC drives.Also, do not expect a lot of detail on the actual process of conversion. There was just one chapter on this and it was quite general - not clearly based on a single conversion exercise, and certainly nothing like detailed step-by-step instructions.Even the theory chapters were a bit shallow and lacking both clarity and authority. If you were expecting to come away with a clear understanding of the difference between a wound-rotor and a squirrel cage motor, or the pluses and minuses of different Lithium chemistries, you would be disappointed.
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Mikol Hutnik More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. Great insight to the costs and skills needed. Would recommend to anyone.
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