Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-13
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle from the Ground UpWritten 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"-- CalCars.orgBuild 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

Author Biography

Seth Leitman is the president and managing member of Electric Transportation Solutions, LLC ( which sells all forms of electric vehicles and the ETS Energy Store, LLC ( which sells organic, natural and sustainable products for businesses, homes and families. Prior to starting these companies, Seth was an instrumental leader in the electric vehicle and alternative fueled vehicle industry. While working for the State of New York, he was involved in the clean fueled vehicle market and helped to bring over 3,500 alternative fueled vehicles and buses into New York. Seth was also the market development and policy specialist for the New York Power Authority, where he was instrumental in the development, marketing and management of electric and hybrid vehicle programs serving the metropolitan area. Seth created and maintains a green living blog (, and is the author of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition (McGraw-Hill, 9/08).

Table of Contents

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
Environmental Benefits of PHEV Issues that surround plug-in hybrid electric cars
Electric Cars, Hybrids, and PHEV Transportation solutions CARB (California Air Resources Board) Expanding the PHEV marketConverting today
Conversion Basics Different conversion kitsComparison to pure electric vehicles
Motors What and how to choose
Controllers Hybrid drive controllers
Batteries Nickel LeadLithium
Chargers Modern chargers Electrical system information
Sample Conversion to PHEV Information from conversion specialists The best PHEV systems available
How Can I Get One? Sources Parts Conversion companies Experts
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