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A step-by-step guide to building an electric motorcycle from the ground up

Written by alternative fuel expert Carl Vogel, this hands-on guide gives you the latest technical information and easy-to-follow instructions for building a two-wheeled electric vehicle--from a streamlined scooter to a full-sized motorcycle.

Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle puts you in hog heaven when it comes to hitting the road on a reliable, economical, and environmentally friendly bike. Inside, you'll find complete details on every component, including motor, batteries, and frame. The book covers electric motorcycles currently on themarket and explains how to convert an existing vehicle. Pictures, diagrams, charts, and graphs illustrate each step along the way. Whether you want to get around town on a sleek ride or cruise the super slab on a tricked-out chopper, this is the book for you.

Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle covers:

  • Energy savings and environmental benefits
  • Rake, trail, and fork angle
  • Frame and design
  • Batteries and chargers
  • DC and AC motor types
  • Motor controllers
  • Accessories and converters
  • Electrical system and wiring
  • Conversion process
  • Safety, maintenance, and troubleshooting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071622936
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/22/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 979,595

Meet the Author

Carl Vogel is the president of Vogelbuilt


a research, engineering, and development company for alternative fuels and alternative fueled vehicles. Vogelbuilt is in the process of building a renewable fueling station. Carl is also the president of the Long Island Chapter of the Electrical Automotive Association. Prior to that, he worked at Festo Corporation and Curtis instruments, planning and designing robotic and programmable logic controller applications, as well as designing solid state motor controllers for electric vehicles. Carl also taught at SUNY Farmingdale, expanding the electric vehicle and fuel cell operations on campus.
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Table of Contents

  1. Electric Motorcycles:Hybrid; Fuel Cell;Advanced Battery;Advantages/Disadvantages
  2. Cross-Country Journey
  3. Electric Vehicle History
  4. Design Options:Charts & Graphs;Do’s and don’ts;Safety Issues and Precautions
  5. Vehicle Conversion:Center of gravity;Braking;Fork angle and rake;Tire Selection;Suspension;Transmission
  6. Selection of Parts:Considerations about weight of chassis, batteries
  7. Technical Resources:Battery Calculations;Wind Forces;Drag Forces;Angle of Incline;Motor Power;Energy Density;Weight;Gear Ratios
  8. Electric Motors
  9. Motor Controllers:Operation;Solutions;Wiring and Safety, diagrams
  10. Batteries:Battery History;Technology explained;Options
  11. Battery Chargers:Explanation of electrical systems
  12. Sources, parts, companies, and experts
  13. Formulas, Calculations & References
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