CHAPTER 8Batteries

For those who want some proof that physicists are human,the proof is in the idiocy of all the different unitswhich they use for measuring energy.—Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law

If you’re planning an electric vehicle (EV) conversion and you’re debating whether to use the traditional lead-acid batteries, as seen in Figure 8-1, or lithium, forget the lead. I’ve got some good news for you: Now you can now have lithium for the same price per mile as lead1 (or even less than lead by the time you read this). Lithium EV batteries have become widely available in the United States over the past 10 years, the quality is great, and the performance is outstanding. I hope by the end of this chapter that you’ll be persuaded ...

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