I am proud to say the book is completed. We are going to print next week and will be launching the book Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, by Seth Leitman and Bob Brant from McGraw-Hill in October.


This completely revised and updated edition of the ‘bible of electric car books’. For it gives the component-by-component coverage you need. All to convert your gas-guzzler. I mean or to build an electric powered vehicle from scratch.

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, 2nd Edition

This comprehensive how-to goes through the process of transforming an internal combustion engine vehicle to electric or even building an EV from scratch for as much or even cheaper than purchasing a traditional car. The book describes each component in detail—motor, battery, controller, charger, and chassis—and provides step-by-step instructions on how to put them all together.

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition, covers:

  1. EV vs. Combustible Engine Overview
  2. Environmental and Energy Savings
  3. EV Evolution since the First Electric Car
  4. Current Purchase and Conversion Costs
  5. Chassis and Design
  6. Today’s Best Motors
  7. Battery Discharging/Charging Styles
  8. Electrical Systems
  9. Licensing and Insurance Issues
  10. Driving
  11. Maintenance
  12. Related Clubs and Associations
  13. Additional Resources

This updated edition (2008) discusses recent electric car developments (like Tesla) including battery improvements.

This gives an understanding of what needs to be done and how to do it. It is not a bad place for the complete beginner to start.

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  1. Hi -What are your thoughts on the first US mass roadtrip of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from Portland, ME to Los Angeles?Regards,Sustainowww.sustaino.blogspot.com