Here’s What we Found Inside a Tesla Conversion Shop

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Today I visited EV West to see the Tesla powered Porsche, BMW M3, and quite a few other EV conversions
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  • da ne
    da ne2 ditë më parë

    Manufacturers big 5 test on people all the time. Nice set up shop at ev west . They seem to have a Porsche beetle genre thing. Did you learn anything rich while visiting. Other than they need bigger shops for working and more space for parts storage. Great concept for a EV conversion business just few tweakes needed to there overall layout. Excellent clean conversions simple clean original.

  • Michael Heider
    Michael Heider14 ditë më parë

    Ev west is something you should turn into.

  • Heavens to Murgatroyd
    Heavens to Murgatroyd2 muaj më parë

    It's nice to see solid engineering and great final products, not like.........

  • Gene Kelly
    Gene Kelly3 muaj më parë

    Amazing that Tesla hasn't sent them a "cease and desist" order!

  • Rigor Pérez
    Rigor Pérez3 muaj më parë

    In didn't know it can rain in California in the summer.

  • Orwell rolls over...
    Orwell rolls over...3 muaj më parë

    Tesla should realise that they should offer an engine battery kit for other car makers to use with their shells. So many people hate the style of tesla, and doing so will expand Tesla's business but instead other car manufacturers will benefit from this whole in the market.

  • Hack Prine
    Hack Prine4 muaj më parë

    A harbinger of the future.

  • Rick Randazzo
    Rick Randazzo4 muaj më parë

    I want to look at the vehicle ... not the guys face....

  • ̈
    ̈6 muaj më parë

    The blonde woman looks adorable

  • Anonymous Guy
    Anonymous Guy6 muaj më parë

    These guys are geniuses...!!!

  • Graham Sutton
    Graham Sutton6 muaj më parë

    "The best way to learn is to experiment" right. Good engineers. Brilliant products. .....and fun!

  • James Corbett
    James Corbett6 muaj më parë

    Hello I’m an old guy I would like to buy in 1973 GMC motorhome they are the Rolls-Royce of motorhomes they are front wheel drive with a Oldsmobile Toronado of a transmission they have four wheels in the rear but they’re just on a hard axle there is no driveshaft I want to know would it be possible power two of those rear wheels and create a hybrid I understand her computer issues might be. There is enormous space for batteries

    DELTACX106 muaj më parë

    Could be cool to stick a RTG on a trailer for a Tesla (if you can get your hands on one).

  • Banonomys
    Banonomys6 muaj më parë

    I would do anything for an EV, E36😭😭😭😭

  • Alexander Leon
    Alexander Leon7 muaj më parë

    Love the EV West co. Question: Rather than taking Tesla parts and fitting them into retro cars, how hard would it be take a Tesla, remove the body shell, keep the chassis and motor all intact and put a modified body on top? ie. Tesla-rarri ! Even say an old Daytona kit car body shell. Model S power and range under a beautiful shell, with all mod-cons.

  • Sootyjared
    Sootyjared7 muaj më parë

    Fucking vile, swapping classic cars to toxic EV should be illegal.

  • Dave Kirkeby
    Dave Kirkeby8 muaj më parë

    Thank you. This video introduced me to something I barely new existed. It is probably obvious to everybody involved in this kind of thing, but what is the charging like? Are the Tesla chargers completely off limits? ETA: How are they doing temperature control on the battery modules?

  • Mike Hunter
    Mike Hunter8 muaj më parë

    Rich I really love your channel. Hopefully someday we can meet your awesome bro! I am still stuck with gas but saving up for electric. I love the 1954 oval window in this video that is what I'm saving for

  • Alan
    Alan8 muaj më parë

    "When your knees are the crumple zone" Yeah, I'm good. No need to go fast. Lol

  • Goldy
    Goldy9 muaj më parë

    I would have liked to see that range extending trailer for the Bug..!

  • Jeffery's Mom!!!
    Jeffery's Mom!!!9 muaj më parë

    Stand up Career ?..excuse me?

  • prolétaire
    prolétaire9 muaj më parë

    I want to see the BLK BUG in action.

  • Francisco Lozano
    Francisco Lozano9 muaj më parë

    I'll would like to make a 2006 BMW X5 E53 conversion, and keep the all wheel drive features!!!

  • john butterworth
    john butterworth9 muaj më parë

    When I saw the raindrops on the kombi a california song came to mind. What would be an ideal roller weight for a conversion of a passat. wagon before a conversion?

  • Alrukitaf
    Alrukitaf9 muaj më parë

    0:56 Jehu Garcia in frame. Should get an introduction straight away, the man is a legend! Also, pleeease commit to ev. Don’t make it “reversible”. Also, all cars should be converted, not just the classic cars. The more people do it, the better for DIY suppliers. High demand for conversion parts will reduce prices by increasing sales volumes.

  • DataWaveTaGo
    DataWaveTaGo9 muaj më parë

    Heckuva lodda bright people doing EV projects!

  • Mara Jade
    Mara Jade9 muaj më parë

    Thinking of converting my r32... Just Imagine, the ELECTRIC SKYLINE^_^

  • Sam R
    Sam R9 muaj më parë

    Great video! Love what the EV West shop does. Thanks for bringing us along!

  • Nan Chen
    Nan Chen9 muaj më parë

    I would like to visit the shop, do they welcome the tourist?

  • Bill Jacobs
    Bill Jacobs9 muaj më parë


  • Jame M
    Jame M10 muaj më parë

    Electric vehicle conversion shops have been around since the 90's, with much better results that taking out Tesla parts. They were feature on Motorweek years ago.

  • wots ma name
    wots ma name10 muaj më parë

    I'd absolutely love to get this set up in to my MK2 Golf GTi👍🏼

  • bipola telly
    bipola telly10 muaj më parë


  • Blinker Fluid TV
    Blinker Fluid TV10 muaj më parë

    Good on you for saving some of these classic cars with conversions. I love that you stay true to the original with minimal cutting. Can’t wait to see more’

  • Bill Maulding
    Bill Maulding10 muaj më parë

    Michael is a great dude! Love his attitude and his company..

  • mark kostecka
    mark kostecka10 muaj më parë

    i wonder how much it would be to do an ev conversion on my 1956 1500 step-side truck

  • dragnet53
    dragnet5310 muaj më parë

    OOOOOOhhhhh so I can get my Ford Fusion SE and converted into a Tesla? I need to win the

  • Mytwistedvoices
    Mytwistedvoices10 muaj më parë

    When I read Tesla conversion shop on the headline, I was wondering if it was an engine conversion kit. Tesla doesn't sell new parts but I image the gas conversion would be a let down.

  • Matthew Williams
    Matthew Williams10 muaj më parë

    I'm all about that Delorian.

  • Jonny D
    Jonny D10 muaj më parë

    OMG I want that truck!

  • bergssprangare
    bergssprangare11 muaj më parë

    Seems as Tesla guys are nice bunch of Guys,,Good luck..

  • Thomas Jessen
    Thomas Jessen11 muaj më parë

    He a cool and intelligent guy.

  • Tokyo Warfare
    Tokyo Warfare11 muaj më parë

    Tesla should make kits

  • Bert Wall
    Bert WallVit më parë

    Is that a Bell & Ross Watch?

  • Albert Gallardo
    Albert GallardoVit më parë

    Why do mofos sit cross legged like women?

  • Ruben vS
    Ruben vSVit më parë

    I think this will be level of quality where Rich will be at in 45 years.... 😂

  • Stanimir Rankovski
    Stanimir RankovskiVit më parë

    Wow, computer fans for the cooling :D

  • Random Ramjet
    Random RamjetVit më parë

    Nice. Enjoyed that very much.

  • Starr Status
    Starr StatusVit më parë

    Giant slot car racing cars. I said that when Tesla's first dropped. But you guys made it all come true. Now I want one!

  • superloose
    superlooseVit më parë

    I’d love to convert my 1992 Saab 900i 5door to Tesla electric...

  • Erik Lind
    Erik LindVit më parë

    I am digging the Black Baja

  • Michael Vadney
    Michael VadneyVit më parë

    Thanks for the video! You are the Tesla man.

  • mr merc
    mr mercVit më parë

    Noticed a retreating American flag on the right rear window of the E36...

  • Retired driver
    Retired driverVit më parë

    More E V. Videos

  • Paul Adams
    Paul AdamsVit më parë

    Has anyone converted a Robin reliant? A reliant van would probably be best for fun and turning heads it would be unbeatable. If that worked maybe make a chopper version?

  • Anderzander
    AnderzanderVit më parë

    Awesome ! I wish these guys had a lot more of this on their own channel .

  • Todd Kuykendall
    Todd KuykendallVit më parë

    Do I see Will Prowse in the background walking around ?

  • Charles Carter
    Charles CarterVit më parë

    What do you think of EV conversations for fwd cars, say maybe a 2000 toyota celica gt?

  • Rob Rogers
    Rob RogersVit më parë

    Good Stuff ‼️ I’ve been watching Rich’s & EV West channels for a long time thinking they should get together... “ Rich would dig that Tesla Chop-Shop da most “

  • Ed Rowlands
    Ed RowlandsVit më parë

    Any plans to extend your business to Australia?. Plenty of cars to convert to an EV.

  • QuantumWorks Corporation
    QuantumWorks CorporationVit më parë

    Nice overview Michael, and kudos on the re-focus to "tesla recycling" for classic vehicle conversions

  • QuantumWorks Corporation

    QuantumWorks Corporation

    Vit më parë

    Luv it about VW bus ... "when your knees are the crumple zone..."

  • Ryan Way
    Ryan WayVit më parë

    You cut him off in the middle of an anecdote about Porsche guys getting beat by Teslas. Dude. :/

  • Kodojak
    KodojakVit më parë

    Thanks Rich for shining light on classic EV conversions. I'm driving my 2002 Jaguar XKR @ 14,000 miles as my daily. Aware that gas prices will inevitably be so expensive and most cars will be electric 10 years down. This gives me hope that I can still enjoy the beauty of my car when I do decide to go electric, especially when the technology gets more powerful and compact. Cheers :)

  • Everett Glenn
    Everett GlennVit më parë

    This is like watching the future unfold.

  • Scocasso Vegetus
    Scocasso VegetusVit më parë

    Super cool~!

  • Rafael Suarez
    Rafael SuarezVit më parë

    Hey @Richiebkidd, wheres the flying car conversion kit from back to the future?

  • victornpb
    victornpbVit më parë

    I never been so disappointed of not finding a youtube link in the description...

  • Matt Dicus
    Matt DicusVit më parë

    When you tune down the power output will you get more range?

  • AndreH
    AndreHVit më parë

    Hi Rich, with Tesla powered mods like this - are these vehicles eligible for supercharging?

  • UranusGaseous
    UranusGaseousVit më parë

    That external fuel tank for a fighter jet @11:14 seems out of place in an EV shop. That thing brings back a flood of memories when I worked on F-18s in the Corps.

  • 01bigtrev
    01bigtrevVit më parë

    Rich says no cutting that’s the way forward. Looks to my right in the up next and see Rich cutting into a red car :-)

  • Mark Reno
    Mark RenoVit më parë

    EV west is doing a great job!

  • D T
    D TVit më parë

    These conversion are cool but it cant make economic sense.

  • Peter reteP
    Peter retePVit më parë

    really nice :)

  • E
    EVit më parë

    whats with the ev west dude who's always wearing huge ass combat boots with tiny jeans and is always on his phone. he's basically a 15 year old girl

  • Keith Stallworth
    Keith StallworthVit më parë

    Maaan Rich is awesome. Ev west is too. I really wanna join the Ev community

  • James
    JamesVit më parë

    I love EVWest, and I understand why their stuff is expensive - because it's very nice, well sorted, and not going to jank out on you - but oof. Pricey. Someday, man. :/

  • RichieT5
    RichieT5Vit më parë

    Very cool! Great to see classics kept on the road

  • Kevin Ryan
    Kevin RyanVit më parë

    I'm so jealous. I want my car teslafied!

  • martinez1701a
    martinez1701aVit më parë

    Someone should come up with a conversion kit for F-bodies fox bodies and other popular body styles if they want to encourage people to go Electric, I'd say make a bolt on replacement for the rear end basically replacing the whole unit with an electric Drive Unit looking at my own F-body you should have enough room for an electric motor maybe even two.

  • Dennis D
    Dennis DVit më parë


  • consciouscool
    consciouscoolVit më parë

    Smart to not to re-engineer the wheel. You get it built to your specs. Only thing, did he say you needed assist in a Porsche? Have we really gotten that wimpy?

  • Halby G
    Halby GVit më parë

    Old cars look cool, but they are tremendously unsafe!

  • ProfessorOzone
    ProfessorOzoneVit më parë

    I'd love to have something like that, but as usual, I can't afford the really cool stuff. And it may not be environmentally friendly, but I would rather drive a cool ICE than something like a Nissan Leaf. In fact, it is my opinion that nearly all electric vehicles are ugly, including the Teslas and if they are not, like a BMW i8 or the new Tesla roadster coming out. . . expensive again. Doh!

  • Manual Control
    Manual ControlVit më parë

    It doesn't matter if it runs E, diesel, or nuclear fusion, as long as you keep the air cooler intact the 911 "purists" will be content. lol. incredible conversion.

  • Skate Everything Project
    Skate Everything ProjectVit më parë

    Killer shop I love this guy! Great video rich!

  • MulsanneStr8GT40
    MulsanneStr8GT40Vit më parë

    looks like he took apart the Evolve loll

  • J Deomes
    J DeomesVit më parë

    I want my full size truck modded to electric!!!👊🏽

  • Light 1
    Light 1Vit më parë

    I would love to convert my 93 Nissa in to a half electric

  • The_Weekend_DIYer
    The_Weekend_DIYerVit më parë

    I love these electric conversions.

  • Tranel Hawkins
    Tranel HawkinsVit më parë

    EV West on Motor Trend TV?

  • Sean Epperson
    Sean EppersonVit më parë

    Nice linking of a few channels that I follow. Good job.

  • SouthSwedishHighland
    SouthSwedishHighlandVit më parë

    Hi, thanks for a fun vid and a great channel. Now, as a swede and a volvo245 entusiast, i want to se more about their, i asume, electrifyed volvo...

  • Eflat Productions
    Eflat ProductionsVit më parë

    I really enjoyed this!

  • Chas L
    Chas LVit më parë

    Why not a power boat if they could get a 21' open bow to run for an hour of all out or 3 hours of mixed use it would be awesome.

  • RunFor OurLives
    RunFor OurLivesVit më parë

    Can’t possibly pass all the safety tests...

  • Kirk Johnson
    Kirk JohnsonVit më parë

    Fast forwarded through 15 minutes of video to find a conversation with you and Jehu Garcia. WTF Rich? No conversation with Jehu?

    GR8TDUCKVit më parë

    Excellent! I wish there were 1000 more shops like this.

  • EV Bike Dude
    EV Bike DudeVit më parë

    I'd like to see an EV mod for a 106GTi. :)

  • Tom Crisp
    Tom CrispVit më parë

    Rich, enjoyed your visit with Simone on her channel. A question for the likes of you and Michael at EVW: I love seeing the "classic" conversions, but some of these cars I'd be scared to drive on even a town road, let alone a highway. (Their Fiat Jolly conversion, for instance - safe as in-terminal airport transfer, otherwise a death trap.) Respecting the dictum to keep the cars original, are you seeing no interest in incorporating some safety elements? Three-point belts, head supports at minimum ...

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