EV Technical Papers
These are reprints of published articles on electric vehicle topics. They are available individually or in collections. The collections contain several articles on related themes in a protective cover.
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General EV Info Collection (5 Topics, 22 pgs.)
- Why Convert? (3 pgs.)
- You have a gas-powered car. You can keep it, trade it in on a new gas car, replace it with a new electric car, or keep it and convert it to electric power. What are the reasons for choosing to convert it?
- Building An EV Conversion (4 pgs.)
- What kind of kits are available? Can you do the work yourself? What does it involve?
- EV Myths (5 pgs.)
- A lot of "facts" commonly quoted about EVs simply are not true. What are some of these myths, and what are the surprising realities?
- Driving An EV (7 pgs.)
- How is driving an EV different from driving a gas car? What techniques are important to know?
- Insuring An EV Conversion (3 pgs.)
- What do you have to do to get insurance on an EV?
Motor & Adaptor Collection (2 Topics, 7 pgs.)
- Adaptor Design (3 pgs.)
- What are the parts of a motor/transmission adaptor? How are they designed and fabricated?
- Motor Mounts (4 pgs.)
- Some vehicles mount their motors front-to-rear, while others mount them transversely. How do you design and fabricate a mount for your electric motor for either kind of vehicle? What are the critical factors for installing the motor properly and securely?
EV Mechanic's Resources Collection (5 Topics, 18 pgs.)
- Tools (3 pgs.)
- What kind of tools do you need to do an electric vehicle conversion?
- Human Resources (4 pgs.)
- Who are the experts who can help and advise you on your EV project? How do you find someone to do the parts you can't do yourself?
- Make It Easy (6 pgs.)
- What are some tricks that will make your conversion easier to build, easier to maintain, and easier to use?
- Reviving EV Orphans (3 pgs.)
- You just bought a used EV. How can you locate the info you need to restore it to full function?
- Troubleshooting (5 pgs.)
- When your EV doesn't work, how do you identify the problem?
Batteries Collection (4 Topics, 33 pgs.)
- Lead Acid Batteries (9 pgs.)
- What different types of lead acid batteries are there? What are their advantages and disadvantages for use in a conversion?
- Exotic Batteries (4 pgs.)
- What different types of batteries are there, other than lead acid? What are their advantages and disadvantages for use in a conversion?
- Fuel Cells (7 pgs.)
- What's the story on hydrogen fuel cells? Can you use them in your conversion?
- Battery Racks and Boxes (13 pgs.)
- How do you design and fabricate secure battery containers for your conversion?
Wiring Collection (2 Topics, 8 pgs.)
- Interfacing With The 12 Volt System (4 pgs.)
- How do you interface the 12 volt portion of the conversion with the car's existing electrical system?
- Battery Connections & Layout (4 pgs.)
- How do you lay out the battery pack for an optimum circuit, and make the connections between the batteries?
Miscellaneous EV Topics (sold individually)
- Suspension Modifications (3 pgs.)
- The finished EV conversion will weigh more than it did as a gas car. How do you modify the suspension to accommodate the added weight?
- Tires (4 pgs.)
- What are the best tires for an EV conversion?
- Gauges (11 pgs.)
- What kind of instrumentation do you need in an EV conversion, and how do you install it?
- Solar Charging (1 pg.)
- Can you charge your EV from solar panels? What would it take to make it work?