Written by clean energy guru and electric vehicle expert Seth Leitman, this hands-on guide gives you the latest technical information and easy-to-follow instructions for building a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to hitting the road in a reliable, economical, and environmentally friendly ride. Inside, you'll find complete details on the hybrid powertrain and all the required components, including the motor, battery, and chassis. The book covers the plug-in hybrids currently on the market as well as hybrid conversion companies, conversion kits, and related resources. Pictures, diagrams, charts, and graphs illustrate each step along the way. With this how-to guide on hand, you'll be behind the wheel of your own plug-in hybrid electric automobile in no time!
Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle covers:
* Energy savings and environmental benefits * PHEV background * Drivetrain components and design * Chassis selection * DC and AC motor types * Batteries and chargers * The conversion process * Licensing and insurance * Safety, maintenance, troubleshooting, and warranties * Clubs and associations * Additional resources
Table of contents
1. What is a PHEV and Why Is It Good? Have you driven a hybrid lately? New electricity rates Conversion costs Big players in the hybrid movement Pimp my ride to e my ride! Best conversion companies Global impact 2. Environmental Benefits of PHEV Issues that surround plug-in hybrid electric cars 3. Electric Cars, Hybrids, and PHEV Transportation solutions CARB (California Air Resources Board) Expanding the PHEV market Converting today 4. Conversion Basics Different conversion kits Comparison to pure electric vehicles 5. Motors What and how to choose 6. Controllers Hybrid drive controllers 7. Batteries Nickel Lead Lithium 8. Chargers Modern chargers Electrical system information 9. Sample Conversion to PHEV Information from conversion specialists The best PHEV systems available 10. How Can I Get One? Sources Parts Conversion companies Experts