Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (Google eBook)
A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle from the Ground Up
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).
"Written by Seth Leitman, longtime green vehicle/sustainability expert and author of "Build Your Own Electric Vehicle," this 275-page book provides an overview of the technology and the issues in doing a conversion, and it works well as a different way in to the open source material that can be found at http://www.eaa-phev.org or the easier-to-remember http://www.priusplus.org." -- CalCars.org
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!
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This book is riddled with basic misunderstandings (e.g. lack of clarity about the distinction between torque and power). One graph for example purports to show the power output of series DC motors but uses a typical torque curve instead, showing power as a maximum at zero r.p.m. This is like finding a book on climate confusing heat and temperature: it undermines any confidence in anything else the author says. The text was poorly structured both in terms of the flow of the topics and the depth at which they were tackled: you would read a page of general description then turn the page to find a circuit diagram from a Prius. Finally I found the environmental finger-wagging irritating: I bought the book wanting to understand more about the engineering of hybrids and the environmental bits struck me as both inappropriate and partisan.
It is truly a workbook for the EAA-PHEV website. It's intent is to get you the information necessary to convert your toyota prius, ford escape hybrid and other hybrid electric vehicles ready for a purely electric vehicle mode.
Most people expected at the time of the release that this was a get any car converted. No. It's intent was to show that right now we can convert over 1 million hybrid electric cars to plug-in hybrid electric cars. Not bad and at least it would punt kick the idea into reality.
1 Why PlugIn Hybrid Electric Cars Can Happen Now
2 PHEVs Save the Environment and Energy
3 History of PlugIn Hybrid Electric Vehicles
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