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Title:
The zero-carbon car : building the car the auto industry can't get right
Author:
Kemp, William H., 1960-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Tamworth, Ont. : Aztext Press, [2007]

©2007
Physical Description:
xv, 544 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
5. The personal transportation appliance -- Summarizing the case for the zero-carbon car -- Personal transportation technologies and psychology -- Long life -- Energy efficiency (fuel economy) -- Vehicle mass -- Virtual upgrading -- The myth of zero-emission vehicles -- Summary -- 6. A closer look at advanced automotive technologies -- Hybrid automobiles -- Today's hybrid power systems -- The nuts and bolts of hybrid technology -- "Weak" vs. "strong" hybrids -- Hybrid performance -- Large hybrid vehicles -- Hybrid car summary -- A battery electric vehicle (BEV) primer -- The home-built BEV -- A few details of Fred Green's car -- Comparing BEVs to internal-combustion -powered vehicles -- BEV range -- Recharging time -- Operating cost -- A collage of battery electric vehicles -- The ZENN neighborhood vehicle -- General Motors EV-1, advanced before its time -- Myer Motors NmG, Disney on wheels? -- Dancing with the Tango commuter car -- Tesla Roadster, a rocket on wheels -- BEV summary -- The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) -- Overview of PHEV technology and history -- PHEV summary -- The propaganda of hydrogen-powered vehicles -- Obstacles on the road -- A few facts about hydrogen technology -- Hydrogen as a fuel -- Hydrogen storage -- Hydrogen distribution -- Fuel cell vehicles -- Summary--

7. Introducing the zero-carbon car -- 7.1. Getting the project started -- The case for converting vs. "scratch build" -- Series vs. parallel hybridization -- Overview of the design -- The donor vehicle -- Out with the old -- 7.2. Battery technologies : an overview -- The story of electrons -- Conductors and insulators -- Batteries, cells and voltage -- Alternating current -- Power, energy and efficiency -- How batteries work -- Depth of discharge -- Operating temperature -- Battery sizing -- Hydrogen gas production -- Safe installation of batteries -- Battery installation in the zero-carbon car -- The fine art of battery cable manufacturing -- Battery charging -- Battery technology selection -- Summary -- 7.3. D.C. motor and controller -- Electric motor overview -- Controller overview -- DC electronic controllers -- AC electronic controllers -- Regenerative braking -- 7.4. The liquid fuel power plant -- The Fisher Panda generating unit -- Fitting the generating unit into the zero-carbon car -- Photographic collage of the installation -- 7.5. Engine management -- The programmable logic controller -- PLC structure -- PLC input and output configuration -- Program flow -- PLC tutorial -- User touch screen -- Summary -- 7.6. Integrating the functions -- Touch screen overview -- PLC and metering overview -- PLC inputs and outputs -- Battery low voltage detection -- Battery charged detection -- Battery charging status and AC mains schematic -- Battery box vent fan(s) -- Battery charger cooling fan(s) -- Battery heating blankets -- Vehicle charger status -- Automatic battery chargers -- AC mains ground -- PHEV operation -- User display and operation -- Clock icon -- Fan icon -- Garage door icon -- Home icon -- Generator icon -- Heater icon -- Battery charger icon -- iPod MP3 player icon -- Icy car icon -- Defroster vent icon -- Empty gas tank icon -- Wrench icon -- 7.7. The test drive -- Chassis dynamometer testing -- Reviewing the results -- Summary -- 7.8. Adding some bling to the zero-carbon car --

8. Zero-carbon electricity -- The North American electrical power system -- Baseload generation -- Intermediate generation -- Peak generation -- Demand time shifting -- Zero-carbon coal and fossil fuels -- Moving the charging plug around town -- The value of zero-carbon electricity -- Summary -- 9. Zero-carbon liquid fuels -- An introduction to biofuels -- Ethanol from food, a non-starter -- Cellulosic ethanol, the better choice -- The downside of ethanol -- Biodiesel as a source of green fuel -- Biodiesel in the transportation sector -- Biodiesel composition -- The pros of biodiesel -- Blending -- Biodiesel concentration -- Biodegradability and nontoxicity -- High cetane value -- High lubricity -- Low emissions -- Renewability -- Low sulfur -- The cons of biodiesel -- Oxidation and bacterial stability -- Nitrogen oxide emissions -- Cold flow issues -- OEM warranty issues -- The diesel engine -- Engine technology overview -- Fuel injection systems -- Basic fuel injection -- Common rail direct injection -- Engine and vehicle efficiency -- The biodiesel production process -- Small-scale biodiesel production system -- The WVO receiver/dryer -- The biodiesel reaction tank -- Sodium methoxide system -- Biodiesel washing system -- Biodiesel drying and final filtration -- Fuel dispensing and storage -- The fuel dispensing unit -- Cold weather issues -- Blending biodiesel with petrodiesel -- Summary -- 10. The unveiling -- Conclusion -- Glossary -- Appendices -- A. Resource guide -- B. Engine management software listing -- C. Zero-carbon car specifications -- D. LED battery voltage monitor schematics -- E. Battery voltage monitor PCB layout.
ISBN:
9780973323344
Format :
Book

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