Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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McGraw Hill Professional, Sep 7, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 350 pages
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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 or the easier-to-remember" --

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

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User Review  - John_Hardy - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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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
4 What Is the Best PlugIn Hybrid Electric Vehicle for You?
5 Power Trains and Designing Your PHEV
6 Engines and Electric Motors in the PHEV
7 The Controller
8 Batteries
9 The Charger and Electrical System
10 PlugIn Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conversion
11 Maximize Your PlugIn Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enjoyment
12 Sources

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About the author (2009)

Seth Leitman, (Briarcliff Manor, NY) is currently President and Managing Member of the ETS Energy Store, LCC, which provides energy efficiency, electric transportation and organic, natural, and sustainable products for business and home use (from energ-efficient bulbs to electric vehicle conversion referrals). Previously, he worked for the New York State Power Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where he helped develop, market, and manage electric and hybrid vehicle programs serving New York State and the New York metropolitan area. Seth is the consulting editor for a series of upcoming titles called the “Green Guru Guides,” which focus on implementing environmentally friendly technologies and making them work for you. Seth created and maintains a green living blog (, and is the author of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition (McGraw-Hill, 9/08).

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