Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle

Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle

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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

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 185 x 236 x 20mm | 660g
  • McGraw-Hill Professional
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 50 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0071622934
  • 9780071622936
  • 381,351

Table of contents

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

Carl Vogel is the president of Vogelbuilt Corporation, 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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