Design or build a battery-powered electric bicycle
For much of the world, bicycles are a transportation mainstay. Electric
bicycles--powered by a rechargeable battery pack--are proven to deliver
the highest possible energy efficiency, even compared to pedal bikes.
A transportation alternative to fossil fuels, electric bicycles are fast
catching on, in part because they don't require factory assembly. End-
users can easily construct them with available components.
The text reveals important techniques, data, and examples that allow
readers to judge various propulsion setups--used in both home- and
factory-made bikes--and estimate speed and travel distance for each.
Numerous charts clearly present the costs, benefits, and trade-offs
between both commercial and user-converted models.
Key features include:
* Estimating motor-performance for wind, hill, and cruising power requirements
* Estimating battery capacity and a thorough description of battery charging
* Motor and motor-control options
* Evaluating motor-to-wheel coupling options
* Placement of propulsion components
* Configurations and performance
* How systems-engineering techniques can produce electric-bicycle designs
that have long travel range and low life-cycle cost
* Developments to watch
A comprehensive resource for harnessing innovation, Electric Bicycles is
the definitive practical guide to taking full advantage of this exciting
alternative energy technology.
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