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Electric Bicycles: A Guide to Design and Use

ISBN: 9780471674191, Title: Electric Bicycles: A Guide to Design and Use
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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 requirementsEstimating battery capacity and a thorough description of battery chargingMotor and motor-control optionsEvaluating motor-to-wheel coupling optionsPlacement of propulsion componentsConfigurations and performanceHow systems-engineering techniques can produce electric-bicycle designs that have long travel range and low life-cycle costTestingDevelopments 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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  • Publisher:IEEE Computer Society Press
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005
  • ISBN-13:9780471674191
  • ISBN-10: 0471674192