Fossils to Flux, Second Edition is LIVE!

NEWS FLASH!  Now get the Third Edition, updated, corrected and revised….  here!

 

 

 

Yep.  I have a Good Excuse for not posting in a while…  I’ve been updating …from Fossils to Flux, and I’m REALLY proud of the work that has gone into it – not just me, but all the great folks who’ve been a part of it.

The “Author Spotlight” page on Lulu (with both versions) is here.

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Here’s the Table of Contents:

The Parts

The Batteries, 15

  • Lead, 16
  • Mobility Batteries, 16
  • Odyssey “Dry Cell” Batteries, 16
  • “Orbital” Batteries, 17
  • Lithium Batteries, 17
  • Zachary Rubin and the Awesome Battery Roundup, 20
  • The Peukert Effect, 21
  • Battery Management Systems, 21

Controllers, Contactors and Converters (oh my!), 24

  • The Controller, 24
  • Sensorless Controllers, 28
  • The Contactor, 29
  • The Converter, 29

Random Thoughts and Observations, 30

  • Random Thoughts: Regenerative Braking (from Brammo), 30
  • Random Thoughts: Motors- Axial vs. Radial air gap motors, 31
  • Random Thoughts: A Short Primer on the History of the Etek Motor, 32
  • Random Thoughts: Hub Motors, 34
  • Random Thoughts: Motor Cooling, 38
  • Motor Cooling Questions ANSWERED, 39
  • Random Thoughts:  Transmissions?, 40

The Plan

Understanding the System, Balance and Bottlenecks, 43

Picking the Parts and Pieces- (decisions, decisions…), 45

Battery Systems- Some Examples, 50

  • Lead-Acid, 50
  • Lithium “Prismatic”: GBS, Thundersky, 50
  • Cylindrical Cells – Headway, 51
  • Lipo, 52

The Motor Lineup- the Tried and True, 52

  • Permanent Magnet DC, 53
  • Series-wound DC, 53
  • AC Induction, 54
  • Sepex (Separately Excited) DC, 55

The Other Parts

  • Figuring the Gear Ratio, 56
  • Switches Made Simple, 56
  • The Charger Choice, 57
  • The On-Board Mounting Decision, 59
  • Buying a Rolling Chassis, 60

Interlude: The Secrets of the Universe- KWh, 63

Interlude Part 2: Bigass Hub Motors, 63

  • The Motor Mount, 64
  • Mounting the Batteries, 66
  • Mounting the Batteries- Part Two: Essentials, 69
  • Battery Connections…  or, “24s4p? Huh?,  72
  • The Wiring Diagram, 73
  • Grounding and Fusing the System, 75

More Random Thoughts: The “Recycle” Angle, 76

 Cool Tools- Essentials for the Builder

  • Making Connections, 77
  • Cutting, 79
  • Hand Tools, 80
  • Air Tools, 81
  • Meters, 82
  • The BFH, 83
  • The Co-op Shop / VocTech Angle, 83

The Ride

Ride Safe, 85

Epilogue: The Second Build, 87

Conclusion, 91

Appendix: The Shopping Lists, 92

  • The Zombie Fembot, 93
  • The GSX-E, 94
  • The dirt bike, 94
  • The Juiced Café, 95

Glossary, 97

Bibliography, Links and Resources, 113

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