Chapter 1. Why Electric Vehicles What are Electric Vehicles New Electricity Rates/Oil costs Conversion costs Chapter 2. Electric Vehicle Benefits Reports from the US Dept. of Energy Chapter 3. Electric Vehicle (recent) History Toyota's hybrid drive technology GM and CARB Ford and TH!NK City Tesla Roadster Chapter 4. Drive Systems, Chassis, and Designs Lithium Nono-phosphates Intelligent Drive Systems Chapter 5. Sources, Parts, Conversion Companies and Experts Updates on everything from previous edition, plus links to an online companion site that will be updated every 3 months or so for new information Chapter 6. Calculating Torque Curves Software from Grassroots electric vehicles, Electric Vehicles of America, and NetGain technologies Chapter 7. Electric Motors AC and DC Metric Mind Corporation Anaheim Automation Hi Performance Electric Vehicle Systems AC Propulsion Tesla Mototrs WARP Motors Chapter 8. Controllers Chapter 9. Batteries Lithium Lithium-polyphosphate Nickel Chapter 10. Chargers Newer, standardized SAE systems Chapter 11. AC/DC Drive and Controller Packages Lead Acid conversions Lithium Polymer conversions Chapter 12. Visions for Future Electric Cars and Electric Car Conversions
Seth Leitman is currently President and Managing Member of The Green Living Guy which talks about organic, natural, and sustainable products for business and home use (from energy-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. Bob Brant wrote the first edition of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, published in 1993, and some might say he was ahead of his time in his passion to convert to electric. While there have obviously been updates and technological advances since that time, many of the concepts in that first book are still in use today. Bob grew up in New York City, got a BSEE, and worked on NASA projects such as Apollo, Lunar Excursion Module, and the Earth Resources Technology Satellite. He then went on to get an MSEE and MBA, and worked for a company that worked on the Lunar Rover. Bob was always fascinated with every electric vehicle breakthrough, was convinced of its personal and environmental benefits, and was curious why stronger steps had not been taken to make electric vehicles a reality.