The TOP 10 FAQ about electric cars – Free ebook

ebook top 10 FAQ about electric cars

Download ebook electric cars for freeToday, the issue of electric mobility is more current than ever. After conducting many conversations with people who are not experts in the field and having analyzed their needs, we realized that the general public lacks fundamental information about electric mobility and its modern use. This book was motivated by the desire to remove this deficit in basic information, or at the very least, reduce it. It is not aimed at the scientific community and specialized public but rather for general readers who are interested in learning more about the subject.

The authors are three scientists who have dedicated themselves to the issue both during and after their studies. They collectively decided to explain and share their knowledge on electric mobility, explaining it in a way that is simple to understand, removing any existing prejudices and refuting any misconceptions.

This has been accomplished by avoiding the excessive use of puzzling technical vocabulary or the excessive use of data. A thorough reading of this book will provide you with a basic knowledge of electric mobility and give you the opportunity to learn about the advantages and current disadvantages and the possible solutions to these issues.

This book is designed to give an independent view of the electrical performance of the cars and their various uses as well as to provide the reader with an informed understanding of the topic.


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  1. SUPER!! Ich hoffe damit kann man ein ECHTER Einblick ins Thema haben, frei von politischer- Partei- oder Medien Einfluss. Und das es eine art “EV-s for dummies” ist.
    Hoffe auch es wird schnell auf Englisch und Spanish uebersetzt.

    • Hallo Mateo,
      Danke für dein Kommentar. Wir arbeiten grad an einer Version in Spanisch und English. Zuerst kommt die Deutsche version raus :-)

      Das eBook wird tatsächlich eine art “EV for dummies”, es ist für jedermann verständlich.

      Wir melden uns bei dir mit dem Rabatt-Code, sobald das eBook publiziert wurde.


  2. so cool that i have the chance to get to know more about EVs form this book!!!!!!! it would be great if this book can be known by more people then we can be much more friendly to our planet.

  3. Robert Rodriguez

    Can I read the PDF with the iBooks app on my iPad?

    • Hi Robert,

      our ebook looks great on the iPad, since it has been specially made for that. After buying the ebook, you will get a link per email. Just open this link on the iPad and hit “open in iBooks”. The ebook will be added to your iBooks library automatically.


  4. Joop Soesan/ The Driving Dutchman

    Just to let you know that this e-book should be read by everyone who is interested in electric cars. It will certain help to get a better knowledge and to be better informed the moment you buy an electric car.
    It is really a great book.
    Well done.

  5. Surely this e-book is needed! Thank You very much for the easiest way to understand the principles and the facts for an EV!

  6. This is a pretty good resource overall, though I don’t agree with the conclusion that EVs have a shorter lifespan than conventional vehicles (p19).
    The EV drivetrain could be designed to last 5x longer than a gas powered one. The batteries should be viewed as a consumable as their depreciation costs / km are comparable to electricity costs / km. Also once they are replaced, the drivetrain should effectively be brand new. If the car is designed well and looked after, it could last a million miles with 2-4 battery replacements.
    Also the price of batteries is put at ~1000EUR / kWh. Consumers can already purchase at ~350EUR / kWh. And I’m sure OEMs can get them even cheaper.

  7. This book is truly great at explaining to the electric vehicles to the unknowing. However I found chapter 8 “What kind of maintenance and repair do electric cars need?” rather light and over optimistic. I would, I am in the business of electrical testers.
    While there are undoubtedly a lower number of moving parts in an electric car, the whole vehicle subject to the same stresses and vulnerability to weathering as the electrics of any petrol driven car. According to the AA, Automobile Association, the electrical system is the most common cause of vehicle breakdown now.
    Routine servicing will be required – just not on the motor!
    The sort of new issues brought forward by the electric car are:-
    The routine testing of batteries so that a trend can be established to predict when a battery may fail and therefore need replacement.
    The checking of the continuity of connections between the components to ensure that oxidation has not reduced their efficiency and that the continued flexing and vibration driving has not compromised the conductors.
    Finally, the high voltages involved will mean that there will be particular stresses on the insulation of the conductor, motors and other electrical equipment from vibration, environment and weather and failure of this could be not just inconvenient but hazardous to passenger and other road users. Confirming the integrity of the insulation should become a part of a regular compulsory safety test such as the UK MOT test. Again routine testing of insulation will allow trending and, consequently, the prediction of failure.
    These are all additional opportunities for failure.
    No gear box or clutch to go wrong, but plenty else. The key message is that the owner of an electrical vehicle does need think about routine periodic maintenance and from that they will have the benefit of being able to predict, and therefore budget, for the eventual failure.

    • Hi Mark,

      thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked the ebook. Regarding to the service of the car: It is true that even EVs need to go to service, but it will be cheaper than normal cars. At least this is the information we collected from some fieltests and EV owners. Well see what happens in the future.



  8. Given that there exists a whole industry based around the testing and servicing of vehicles which has certain turnover and profitability expectations, I can not believe that the cost of the annual service will decrease. I am sure that even if there is less to be done, the cost will remain the same. The evidence for this is that each car I have owned has had longer service intervals and shorter service times, yet my service costs have increased in real terms.

  9. Lorenz, Olmo, Thomas – great job and congratulations on this good piece of work. Easy reading, great graphics and layout, and not too long for the average consumer. The examples help explain the concepts well. The competitions we organize ( involve tens of thousands of students and this is a great resource for them.

    I think the issues of maintenance cost and life span are still topics of debate because the industry has not reached steady-state maturity yet. It is also a matter of perspective. The life of a battery is really determined by what is acceptable to the owner. Gasoline vehicles become less efficient over time but no one makes that a deciding factor when they purchase the vehicle. So the same tank gets less range, and you have to fill up more frequently. As charging issues get sorted out, this will become the same for EVs.

    Final comment is that we need a US version reflecting current US incentives, charging infrastructure, units (miles per gallon), currency, etc that the consumers here can relate to.

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