Author Tom Denton discusses his upcoming title ‘Alternative Fuel, Hybrid And Electric Vehicles'

With five titles set to be published within the first five months of 2016 author Tom Denton discusses one of his titles in particular Alternative Fuel, Hybrid And Electric Vehicles.

'The role of an automotive technician is a dangerous one and in particular workon electric vehicles can be dangerous and can result in fatal accidents. I have written many textbooks about automotive technology that have highlighted safe working practices, but the one I am in the process of completing goes beyond this and should help reduce the number of accidents and fatalities within the electric vehicle industry. My book, Alternative Fuel, Hybrid And Electric Vehicles, will be out early in 2016.

The term electric vehicle (EV) is used to cover several different types of vehicle, such as hybrids and pure-EVs. Did you know that the voltages on some EVs can be several hundred volts, which is almost three times the mains voltage in our houses? The majority of EV batteries are well over 300 volts. If the human body experiences a current of just fifty thousandths of an ampere (50mA, which is not very much) for over two seconds it can be fatal.This can happen because under some circumstances the electrical resistance of a ‘short circuit’ through a human body is quite low, 6000 ohms for example. Remember that current is voltage divided by resistance so 300/6000 means 50 milliamps of current will flow.

Before I scare you away from ever touching high voltage components (which are all labelled and usually coloured orange) I should add that working on EVs is perfectly safe! You just need to be well-trained and know what you are doing. Driving an EV is also perfectly safe. But don’t expect poor performance from an EV either! My EV will do well over 80 miles per hour (on a private track of course!) just using the battery and electric motor.

Alongside the essential safety procedures, this book is packed with indispensable information and technology relating to EVs and will have amazing eLearning resources to support the book. I have also included a short case study on charging my own EV (actually a PHEV – a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) from solar panels. This may or may not work towards saving the planet but in the meantime it does save me money; I can now do a large proportion of my motoring for about 1p a mile.

To help with boosting confidence, my book also explores the following issues:

  • Is it safe to plug in the charging lead in the rain?
  • Why most motors on EVs are AC motors but we call them DC motors?
  • What should ‘first responders’ do if a lithium-ion battery is burning after an accident?

All requirements for the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) EV awards and accreditations are also covered.

Here are three more interesting facts to finish on:

  • A formula-e (fully electric racing car) will accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in under 3 seconds
  • The Tesla Model S (a fully electric car) has a range of up to 330 miles
  • In the year 1900, electrically powered cars were the best-selling road vehicles in the USA

Now back to the final proof read!'

- Article adapted from a post on Tom Denton's blog Automotive Technology: All things automotive, education, training and motorsport (26.10.2015)

Tom Denton titles to be published in 2016

  • Automobile Electrical and Electronic Systems

    5th Edition

    By Tom Denton

    This textbook will help you learn all the skills you need to pass all Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Systems courses and qualifications. As electrical and electronic systems become increasingly more complex and fundamental to the workings of modern vehicles, understanding these systems is…

    Paperback – 2017-09-12

  • Automobile Mechanical and Electrical Systems

    2nd Edition

    By Tom Denton

    The second edition of Automobile Mechanical and Electrical Systems concentrates on core technologies to provide the essential information required to understand how different vehicle systems work. It gives a complete overview of the components and workings of a vehicle from the engine through to…

    Paperback – 2017-08-25

  • Advanced Automotive Fault Diagnosis, 4th ed

    Automotive Technology: Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, 4th Edition

    By Tom Denton

    Learn all the skills you need to pass Level 3 and 4 Vehicle Diagnostic courses from IMI, City and Guilds and BTEC, as well as higher levels, ASE, AUR and other qualifications. Advanced Automotive Fault Diagnosis explains the fundamentals of vehicle systems and components and examines diagnostic…

    Hardback – 2016-07-12

  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

    1st Edition

    By Tom Denton

    The first book on electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs) written specifically for automotive students and vehicle owners Clear diagrams, photos and flow charts outline the charging infrastructure, how EV technology works, and how to repair and maintain hybrid and electric vehicles Optional IMI online…

    Paperback – 2016-03-24