Exploring the cheap DIY electric Volkswagen samba

Makina dhe automjete

"Rich meets up with Jehu garcia and gets to ride his Eletric Samba" althe.info
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  • dan b
    dan b20 orë më parë

    This makes way more sense than that dumb jeep

  • Roland Geter
    Roland Geter3 ditë më parë

    Please put me on your mailing list

  • Mrgunman1955
    Mrgunman19553 ditë më parë

    Is that an EMW battery meter? I started working for Val just after they dropped the EMW name for *cough* copyright reasons :P

  • Michael Bujaki
    Michael Bujaki4 ditë më parë

    I find it interesting that you spend a bunch of money to add a tablet, but no seatbelts.

  • Rick J James
    Rick J James5 ditë më parë

    Why can't anybody figure out as you drive an electric vehicle , that is discharging , figure out how to continuous re charge the batteries, that will allow a vehicle be its own power source. I recall the earlier VWagons using generators, evolved to Alternators to keep the battery charged. So a circle is a circle, a tire is a tire. So I am just thinking 4 wheels spinning why hasn't anybody used the source of wheels as movement to generate electricity directly to electrical motor . Or continuously recharge the storage batteries, would that not solve the problems what is occurring today with electrical cars requiring to recharge there batteries after so many kms/ miles. Each individual wheel assembly in motion would behave like I said Alternator/ generator creating a self charging perpetual electric vehicle . So everybody I am just wondering why/ or what is preventing engineer's from there concept, motion creating electricity . I am just a normal guy thinking outside the box, it seems like common sense to me . Please can anybody advise me why this cannot happen .

  • Luis Mardones
    Luis Mardones5 ditë më parë

    Really cheap with expensive lithium batts ??? I dont know...

  • Allen Loser
    Allen Loser5 ditë më parë

    A 100 horsepower (75 kilowatt) diesel engine in my VW provides all the power which I need but plenty of people pass me. Your bumper sticker is overly optimistic with an 80 kilowatt motor.

  • Allen Loser
    Allen Loser5 ditë më parë

    What was wrong with the original engine compartment latch?

  • ACIM222
    ACIM22210 ditë më parë

    they make the church key not only for the hand but to hold the gas cap while key is still in the gas cover lid

  • ShRed Vines
    ShRed Vines19 ditë më parë

    The EVWest kit is $7500 which I'd do, but it says it doesnt have batteries, it's unclear what else is needed to actually complete the conversion and they don't answer their phone or emails.

  • Tree Frogs
    Tree Frogs22 ditë më parë

    Good one man small things make big in pack

  • friður
    friðurMuaj më parë

    Do an update video on this build

  • mohamed benabdallah
    mohamed benabdallahMuaj më parë

    Rich like you guys were noting. I would like some help with a thank you attached. I'm currently deployed and trying to develop a DIY EV Skoolie concept. Who can someone contact for help?

  • Professor
    ProfessorMuaj më parë

    The correct name for the key, is 'carriage key.'

  • Deco Marin
    Deco Marin2 muaj më parë

    Misleading. Has no relevant information. Don't waste your time

  • Michael
    Michael2 muaj më parë

    wow, I would install a seat belt though

  • Yellowman617
    Yellowman6173 muaj më parë

    How you got beef with Tesla but they came to your grand opening lol

  • RussellVW68
    RussellVW683 muaj më parë

    Nice bus✌🏼

  • zilfondel
    zilfondel3 muaj më parë


  • A. L
    A. L3 muaj më parë

    Did he actually shift gears?

  • Richard Best
    Richard Best4 muaj më parë

    a great video watched the original build for the somba last year.

  • Joshua Kelly
    Joshua Kelly4 muaj më parë

    This is freaking awesome

  • RGP B
    RGP B5 muaj më parë

    More collabs with JG!

  • Kjetil Balstad
    Kjetil Balstad5 muaj më parë

    6:20 The best thing with these is, if you keep them open or don't fasten them, they will open when you crash, or brake hard, so you'll just fly out without breaking the glass.

  • daniel jonhson
    daniel jonhson5 muaj më parë

    I don't think I'll do anything to make my car worth less than it already is

  • Richard Moniz
    Richard Moniz5 muaj më parë

    The power of creativity and intelligence. Guys you are super pioneers. Keep on

  • Ryan Helvie
    Ryan Helvie5 muaj më parë

    Awesome video. This guy is dope.

  • GenBloodLust
    GenBloodLust6 muaj më parë

    I love his response to your no seat belts, incredulously its a 1957 hahaha

  • Lucianfrits
    Lucianfrits6 muaj më parë

    A Volkswagen samba is around 100k USD "cheap" yeah right

    NNNNNNNGGGG6 muaj më parë

    These things were born to be EVs IMO. Nothing wrong with an old aircooled engine, they certainly have their place, but nothing beats electric for fun, just nothing.

  • middle first
    middle first6 muaj më parë

    So that's where all the batteries for vapers went btw your home is a vapers dream lmfao

  • Al A
    Al A6 muaj më parë

    So Rich constantly hatin' on Samsung....

  • Lenny F
    Lenny F6 muaj më parë

    2:30 don't you mean "cob" Light?

  • Gerhard Kutt
    Gerhard Kutt6 muaj më parë

    For you 2 to get together and just go through shit ... oh man ... what a great mash up. The Powerwall / Powerbox rebuild with Rich Rebuild ... Fantastic !! ~~

  • Tailored Reaction
    Tailored Reaction7 muaj më parë

    A "church key" is slang for a bottle opener, or more specifically a beer bottle opener. The key in this video resembles a bottle opener.

  • ekhaat
    ekhaat7 muaj më parë

    Jehu is such a nice guy

  • Michael Chater
    Michael Chater7 muaj më parë

    Is it a greenhouse?

  • Jim Burig
    Jim Burig7 muaj më parë

    Jehu Garcia is a really good guy. He should be very successful. All the best, Jehu.

  • indusrtial
    indusrtial7 muaj më parë

    Jehu is a genius, a real engineer/scientist. He knows his stuff.

  • Andrew Gems
    Andrew Gems7 muaj më parë

    Those lipo batteries scare the hell out of me because of their bad explosion reputation! I would keep those in the middle of my yard!

  • Andrew Gems
    Andrew Gems7 muaj më parë

    With the engine removed, isn't the bus a lot lighter now, or do the batteries make up most of the replacement weight? Because back in the day in a strong crosswind they would fly into the ditch!

  • Jack Roberts
    Jack Roberts7 muaj më parë

    Rad! Rich, sorry. Let the guy speak.

  • Lilwolf2000
    Lilwolf20008 muaj më parë

    for the radio, you should get a keyboard encoder behind it... and plug it into your tablet (or might be easier to add a network hub, since there are some roms to enable it) to play music when you press the buttons. Different spotify radio for each button? Or rotate through 7 different mp3 lists?

  • Dom Johnson
    Dom Johnson8 muaj më parë

    Why are you ruining perfectly good cars to make electric toxic battery pollution mobiles.

  • Professor
    Professor8 muaj më parë

    The correct name of tool, is 'carriage key.'

  • rbc21
    rbc218 muaj më parë

    great to see you guys collab

  • Tom R
    Tom R8 muaj më parë

    How much including parts and labour?

  • Martin Bootsma
    Martin Bootsma8 muaj më parë

    That thing is pure herecy..... Shame on him for butchering such an iconic oldtimer.....

  • Mike Chan
    Mike Chan8 muaj më parë

    Man, alway loves J’s Samba. Great to get another look at it!

  • Djoel Tav
    Djoel Tav8 muaj më parë

    Man I love the internet, this too cool.

    ABOXofMONSTERS9 muaj më parë

    I would have a co2 fire suppression bottle hangin from the ceiling they are cheap all they battery work in your house he needs belts in that voltswagon to . 👍 cool set up

    ABOXofMONSTERS9 muaj më parë

    I used to own the same 1960 with wrap arounds It was all original with a 45 hp motor and even the bars in windows were polished all the window seals were replaced and it was put in a barn with sheets over it. I paid $400 for the van. ( that’s all we were paying in 1980 they were wanted ) a couple of years later that same van was selling for $5000 ( I sold mine 6 months later for $850 and I thought I made a deal of life time. It’s a death trap. Lol

  • Dip Image
    Dip Image9 muaj më parë


  • Tony Leon
    Tony Leon9 muaj më parë

    More like VoltsWatting

  • Jaz Martino
    Jaz Martino9 muaj më parë

    Jehu is the man... He's well versed in all things electrical ~~

  • Wolf Of Odin
    Wolf Of Odin9 muaj më parë

    Wow only 160 miles that's a joke you should stop making these and work on the science more until the electric car can beat a gas powered cars 300+ miles !

  • king of the swing.
    king of the swing.9 muaj më parë

    Some people got far too much free time on there hands.....😆😆😆😆😆

  • John Woods
    John Woods9 muaj më parë

    Jehu Garcia is a legend here in the UK.

  • Jesse Short
    Jesse Short9 muaj më parë

    What app was on the tablet showing the battery charge? That was pretty slick looking

  • Shot- Ray
    Shot- Ray9 muaj më parë

    This guy is very helpful and shares the knowledge ,thanks for sharing

  • Deffy
    Deffy9 muaj më parë

    Rich.. you lost my respect, that engine is iconic for that van.. making it electric is pure heresy..

  • mspider12
    mspider129 muaj më parë

    Why, gas has been 2.19 a gallon the past year and my versa is paid for netting 43 mpg. VW Vans aren’t cheap and a restored one is worth 6 figures,shells are worth more than a model 3.

  • Mike Ecker
    Mike Ecker9 muaj më parë

    Seat belts are overrated with the front exit chute.

  • richard baker
    richard baker9 muaj më parë

    Aren't you the guy who does the tesla repairs on worn out or wrecked teslas?

  • sean hayes
    sean hayes9 muaj më parë

    How much do you have in materials on this?

  • Modernity Leave
    Modernity Leave10 muaj më parë

    12:30 wait are those vape batteries? 18650s? Or the fat ones? Sorry for my ignorance. Dope regardless.

  • pinkeye00
    pinkeye0010 muaj më parë

    A couple of ignant racists in their prime.

  • D Rocha
    D Rocha10 muaj më parë

    This car is called KOMBI in Brazil, we still having a'lot o those running with gasolina/alcohol and GNV gas.

  • bioniccrouton
    bioniccrouton10 muaj më parë

    I love the classic look of the 60's bus combined with the modern electrical design. Garage engineers do some amazing things. Power walls, EVs... their real limit is their own imagination.

  • oh yagelnizzle
    oh yagelnizzle11 muaj më parë

    Outstanding, but not alot of people can do anything by themselves

  • mike moritz
    mike moritzVit më parë

    Good stuff Rich, Jehu has good stuff going on

  • Alrukitaf
    AlrukitafVit më parë

    No seatbelts? Lucky the cops didn’t catch ‘em.

  • Daniel Hultenius
    Daniel HulteniusVit më parë

    No just NO

  • seasong
    seasongVit më parë

    Church key kinda looks like a church, right?

  • Geekboy NZ
    Geekboy NZVit më parë

    'Armstrong Power Steering' rules!

  • applemac5
    applemac5Vit më parë

    This was GREAT !

  • Hazy Fantasia of the deep blue Realms
    Hazy Fantasia of the deep blue RealmsVit më parë

    1:40 bus is worth a bomb alpine version in Cali!!

  • Stop Teoriom Spiskowym
    Stop Teoriom SpiskowymVit më parë

    VW electric must be crappy like crappy are petrol car. Price and low quality vw made in many brand the same

  • GraffGames
    GraffGamesVit më parë

    Sadly only can be parked inside and secure locations due to ANYONE being able to open the battery compartment... must be one of the easiest if not the easiest car to steal the motor ... BUT LOVE IT apart from u using the key anyone can order ;)

  • Frank Walsh
    Frank WalshVit më parë

    Good for you for helping Puerto Rico.

  • Follow the White Wabbit
    Follow the White WabbitVit më parë

    Much respect when I say this Uncle Rich, but I could not hear the most interesting parts. Maybe look into some mic equipment for guests. I get so intrigued but at times I got frustrated blasting the volume between different pitches of voice.

  • Scholarly Reader
    Scholarly ReaderVit më parë

    Congrat Rich for starting a new company electrified garage.

  • Just Paul
    Just PaulVit më parë

    U call that cheap 🤣😂🤣🤑🤑🤑

  • HawaiiLimey
    HawaiiLimeyVit më parë

    What a dude! You're like a magnet for coolness Rich.

  • Thomas Joseph
    Thomas JosephVit më parë

    Jehu is a moron. He burnt down Hasta Alaska's bus because his shitty battery pack and charge design design. Who the F*** doesn't use a BMS with high voltage???

  • Stan Meyer
    Stan MeyerVit më parë

    Buy the cheapest bag of kitty litter(crushed clay absorbent) and put on your garage floor all stain.

  • Mark Harmon
    Mark HarmonVit më parë

    Rich, You really bring out the best in people or maybe this is the first time I have seen Jehu being interviewed. You ask insightful questions because you know the subject and your source . And you have the peer respect because of your own enterprise. You are the model of a good journalist.

  • Tim W
    Tim WVit më parë

    .gov? who are you?

  • chulieho
    chuliehoVit më parë

    much respect J

  • John Leach
    John LeachVit më parë

    This guy seems disarmingly amateurish, but in reality is quite the opposite.

  • Richard Waters
    Richard WatersVit më parë

    My dream would be a KITT Night Rider replica that is electric powered

  • Oneofurfriends
    OneofurfriendsVit më parë

    That's nice

  • dosmastrify
    dosmastrifyVit më parë

    Lion Batts don't get memory. 15:35

  • dosmastrify
    dosmastrifyVit më parë

    14:10 wow he does stuff other than be a pompous ass who attacks commentors! Couldn't use way to source these Batts for a vehicle though, too easy to get out of balance

  • Çommenter Person
    Çommenter PersonVit më parë

    @Rich, stop being lazy, and capitalize his name: _Jehu __-garcia-__ Garcia!_

  • Çommenter Person
    Çommenter PersonVit më parë

    8:30 _"You know, VWs are VWs no matter how you spin them." -- Jehu Garcia_ " They don't leak oil, they just mark their territory" -- Jehu Garcia_

  • John Stout
    John StoutVit më parë

    Papi is a genius.

  • Steve
    SteveVit më parë

    what a dude, going to watch his vids

  • crusher j
    crusher jVit më parë

    I have a bottle opener on my key ring that's been on there for 30 years. It's called a church key that I learned from some old timers 😁

  • Avitar Magnus
    Avitar MagnusVit më parë

    we all need one

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