Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle

Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle
Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle


Textbook: Build Your Own Electric Vehicle

Thoroughly revised and expanded, Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Third Edition, is your go-to guide for converting an internal combustion engine vehicle to electric or building an EV from the ground up. Students will learn all about the wide variety of EVs available for purchase and how they’re being built.


Students will learn all the latest breakthroughs, including AC propulsion and regenerative braking systems, intelligent controllers, batteries, and charging technologies.

A perfect complement to the Switch Electric Vehicle Kit, this textbook is considered a gold-standard for Electric Vehicle Training.

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Filled with updated photos, this cutting-edge resource fully describes each component–motor, battery, controller, charger, and chassis–and provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to assemble all the parts. Exclusive web content features current supplier and dealer lists. Custom-built for environmentalists, engineers, students, hobbyists, and mechanics, this hands-on guide puts you in the fast lane toward a cost-effective, reliable green machine.

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Third Edition, covers:

    • Environmental impact and energy savings
    • The best EV for you–purchase trade-offs, conversion trade-offs, and conversion costs
    • Chassis and design
    • Different types of electric motors and controllers
    • Lithium EV batteries
    • Chargers and electrical systems
    • EV builds and conversions
    • Licensing and insuring your EV
    • Driving and maintenance
    • List of manufacturers and dealers regularly updated on website

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ McGraw Hill TAB; 3rd edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0071770569
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0071770569
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches


Seth Leitman

Seth worked for the New York State on green vehicle and transport programs, managing over $100 million for alternative fueled vehicle buses. Seth also worked green buildings, LEED and indoor air quality in schools. Then created and managed the NYPA/TH!NK Clean Commute Program which leased 100 electric vehicles in the New York Metropolitan Area.

He also is Managing Member for a green consulting company: ETS Energy Store, LLC and Program Manager for Drive Electric Hudson Valley.

Learning Topics

  • Automotive Technology
  • Electric Vehicles and Hybrids

Grade/Skill Level

Designed for:

  • High School
  • Industry
  • K-8
  • Technical College
  • University

Additional information



Lithium-Ion, Electric Vehicle, EVs, Battery Pack, Train the Trainer, EV Safety, Hands-on Curriculum, Reusable

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Electric Vehicle Training for the Future of Automotive Technology

As Electric Vehicles continue to grow in terms of market share, it is important for students and young people to understand the basic principles that go into EVs and automotive technology.

From the basics of electricity, Ohm's Law, DC Circuits, fundamental Electrical Safety, Relays, etc., it's becoming paramount to a student's success in the automotive, STEM, and manufacturing fields to be comfortable and familiar with electric concepts and technologies.

Technologies continue to evolve and grow at an exponential speed, and systems - especially in the automotive industry - will continue to adopt newer and more advanced technologies; therefore, we must prepare students now with a solid foundation.


Much like previous generations built transistor radios, or computers, or similar, our Electric Vehicle kits for building street-legal EVs is pushing student interaction, understanding, and interest like never before!

No amount of visual aids, textbook reading, or demonstrations can do quite for a student's knowledge and retention what building an Electric Vehicle from the ground-up does.