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Motors for Makers: A Guide to Steppers, Servos, and Other Electrical Machines by Matthew Scarpino

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14. Electric Vehicles

Of the many applications of electric motors, none is as exciting as their use in automobiles. This chapter focuses on all-electric automobiles, commonly referred to as electric vehicles, or EVs. EVs provide many advantages over vehicles with combustion engines, including greater reliability, less pollution, less noise, and a decreased reliance on fossil fuels.

A handful of books have already been written on electric vehicles, so this chapter will be limited to providing a broad overview of the topic. I’ll start by presenting the topic of EV conversion, which involves replacing a car’s combustion engine with an electric motor. In addition to discussing the concepts involved, this section discusses the kinds of motors and ...

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