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Electric Bicycles: A Guide to Design and Use

ISBN: 978-0-471-67419-1
204 pages
November 2005, Wiley-IEEE Press
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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 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
  • Testing
  • 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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