What is the best book to design electric cars? Here’s a couple that I found from Amazon.com
1) Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman and Bob Brant
2) Convert It! by Michael Brown
3) Electric Vehicle EV & Conversion: All you need to know about Electric Vehicle & converting to EV. by Dr Y EV
There are a couple more in the list, but these are the few that came highly recommended.
However, there is one electric conversion manual that I have read so far that is pretty good. It’s the Electric Conversion Made Easy by Gavin Shoebridge.
The EV Guy From New Zealand
Now, who’s is Gavin Shoebridge?
Gavin is from New Zealand and he looks like an average Joe. One thing unique about him is he had converted a conventional gasoline driven automobile to an electric vehicle (EV).
A few years back, Gavin was sick and tired of having to pay high gasoline prices to maintain his car. He decided to take action to sever his gasoline addiction by using EV.
Unfortunately, new EV from a dealership is very expensive. The cheapest alternative is to convert a normal car to run purely on electricity.
That’s what Gavin did!
The Mitsubishi Tredia EV
What Gavin did was to purchase a 1987 Mitsubishi Tredia, remove the internal combustion engine (ICE) and put in a DC electric motor.
The process sounds very simple, but it was anything but that.
You see, Gavin is not an automotive engineer and he has never done an EV conversion before. The project was pretty much a trial and error process.
Gavin took almost a year converting the Tredia to EV. But in the end, Gavin managed to complete the project and had the pleasure of enjoying the “EV grin” when he first took his homemade electric car for a spin.
People Start To Notice, Even The TV Channel
After some time, people start to notice Gavin’s EV. Instead of the loud roar of an internal combustion engine, Gavin’s electric car only gives off a soothing “hum”.
A New Zealand local TV station actually did a news segment of his DIY electric car. You can see the news clip above.
Electric Car Design Book
Back in August 2009, Gavin decided to put all his knowledge and experience into a manual. Most of his writings are not really conventional. Many of his ideas are “fly by the pants” because he’s a real DIYer. Creativity is important when you’re working with a limited budget.
What’s different between Gavin’ e-book versus all the EV books from Amazon.com? It’s the videos!
Yes, Gavin e-book comes with 11 High Definition (HD) step-by-step instructional videos on how to get started building your own electric car.
It is pretty cool actually. Seeing what’s involved in converting a normal car into a pure electric vehicle. For more information on Gavin’s Electric Conversion Made Easy e-book, click on the link below.
Related web pages:
1) Electric Car Conversion Manual
2) Gas 4 Free Review – Is Gas4Free The Real Deal?