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Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Third Edition, 3rd Edition by Bob Brant, Seth Leitman

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CHAPTER 4The Best Electric Vehicle for You

In this chapter you’ll learn about electric vehicle (EV) purchase tradeoffs, conversion tradeoffs, and conversion costs. You’ll find out how to pick the best EV for yourself today—whether buying, converting, or building.

EV Purchase Decisions

When you go out to buy an EV today, you have three choices: buying a ready-to-run EV from (1) a major automaker, or (2) an EV conversion shop, or (3) buying a used EV conversion from an individual. Your two most basic considerations are how much money you can spend and how much time you have. Another dimension of your purchase tradeoff is where (and from whom) you can obtain your EV. This chapter will present your options and highlight why conversion is your best ...

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