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Overview

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!

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071614733
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,344,137

Meet the Author

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 the “Green Guru Guides” series of books, which focus on implementing environmentally friendly technologies and making them work for you. Seth created and maintains a green living blog (www.greenlivingguy.com), and is the author of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition (McGraw-Hill, 9/08).

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Table of Contents

1. What is a PHEV and Why Is It Good?
Have you driven a hybrid lately? New electricity ratesConversion costsBig players in the hybrid movementPimp my ride to e my ride!Best conversion companiesGlobal impact
2. Environmental Benefits of PHEV
Issues that surround plug-in hybrid electric cars
3. Electric Cars, Hybrids, and PHEV
Transportation solutionsCARB (California Air Resources Board) Expanding the PHEV marketConverting today
4. Conversion Basics
Different conversion kitsComparison to pure electric vehicles
5. Motors
What and how to choose
6. Controllers
Hybrid drive controllers
7. Batteries
Nickel LeadLithium
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?
SourcesPartsConversion companiesExperts

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