Yes and for starters, I have finished my book Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, 3rd Edition. Yet now it’s really getting noted everywhere.
Explainthatstuff.com says: Electric cars useolder technologythan gasoline cars. As well as and in their late-19th-century infancy. It looked set to rule the world. The first electric car building occurred in 1834 and by 1900 some 38 percent of all cars were electric (according to Seth Leitman’s bookBuild Your Own Electric Vehicle, p.34). But oil was cheap and abundant and, in many ways, offered a better method of powering fast cars over long distances. Henry Ford then mass-produced affordable gas-powered cars. That of course put paid to electric dreams.
Fortunately, as people finally woke up to the environmental and economic drawbacks of petroleum in the late 20th century, technology turned full circle and cars powered by the zap ofelectricity started to return to our streets. But is it really inevitable that all cars will go electric? How long will it take? Before we can consider that question, it helps to ask something much more fundamental: how exactly do electric cars work? What’s so good about them anyway—and what are the drawbacks? Can you really go to work powered by a few buzzing electrons? Let’s take a closer look!
In their bookBuild Your Own Electric VehicleSeth Leitman and Bob Brandt give interesting bits of electric automotive history and it could not come at a better time. A sample of the history provided by the authors was Henry Ford’s motor company that manufactured over 15 million Model T automobiles between 1908 and 1927 (Henry Ford, n.d.). These vehicles were noisy and powered by a small, internal combustion (IC) engine. Interestingly, his wife, Clara Bryant Ford, was the owner of a 1915 Detroit Electric vehicle powered by a quiet electric motor that managed 25 miles per hour with a range of 80 miles per charge.
In conclusion, the crux of this book is not about building an electric vehicle (EV) from scratch. More importantly and rather it’s about converting a used pickup or a small economy car with an (IC) engine to a plug-in EV. The result of this conversion would be a vehicle that would get you around town and home again with zero emissions. The authors give several illustrations of vehicles that get converted, these include: a 959 Porsche, a GMC van, a Chevy S-10 pickup, and even a Rolls Royce. The authors stated that the prime candidate for this type of conversion is a short wheel base pickup truck that can handle the added battery weight needed by an EV.
However the 3rd Edition, Virginia Tech, offers the Building of the Focus Electric from Ford and the Model S from Tesla. Look, when you buy new you do build your own. Once we went live with the books, car companies were saying on their websites, Build Your Own! There isn’t a coincidence but the car cos know of me