Exploring the cheap DIY electric Volkswagen samba

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"Rich meets up with Jehu garcia and gets to ride his Eletric Samba" althe.info
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  • gmrb79s
    gmrb79s6 ditë më parë

    My neck hurts.

  • David Elliott
    David Elliott6 ditë më parë

    The Apple MacBook Pro has about an 8 hour battery life when new so probably less aggressive to the cells than some brands.

  • magic wand
    magic wand9 ditë më parë


  • Leandro Alterini
    Leandro Alterini15 ditë më parë

    man.. this dude spent a lot of money on the whole electric convertion but he don´t improved basic things? (radio, seat belts, hidraulic direction), don´t get me wrong, I respect Jehu a lot, and his convertion to electric is awesome, but man.. you have to modify that direction system, is heavy and unconfortable as fuck, I modifyed my direction, not hidraulic, but is way more light, it changes a lot the experience of driving the bus.

  • EliteDavid Horne
    EliteDavid Horne22 ditë më parë

    How is that cheap? Donor vehicle is worth a lot. Those things go for silly money.

  • Pablis 23
    Pablis 2323 ditë më parë

    I swear there is one electric H1 I think Arnold Schwarzenegger owns it I think

  • T T
    T T29 ditë më parë

    The difference in range is so much because this car has a shape of refrigerator.

  • Zen Zen
    Zen ZenMuaj më parë

    Been following Jehu forever :)

  • Gregarious Antithesis
    Gregarious AntithesisMuaj më parë

    Why isnt anyone using a lupo 3 cylinder TDI to build a hybrid electric? Would seem to be perfect combo diesel engine running generator like how a locomotive works.

  • Buddy Whatshisname
    Buddy WhatshisnameMuaj më parë

    Been a big fan of both of these youtubers for a while now.

  • Joe Botelho
    Joe BotelhoMuaj më parë

    2:20 its theft proof

  • *
    *2 muaj më parë

    Perfect. Someone needs to make an drop in EV solution for old VWs.

  • alfred tolentino
    alfred tolentino2 muaj më parë

    Love it!

  • Tekno Logik
    Tekno Logik2 muaj më parë

    alllright man..hehe good job dude =) that was pretty badass video

  • richard carr
    richard carr2 muaj më parë


    TREESGOBOOM2 muaj më parë

    I wanna do that to my Astro Van!!

  • Free Music
    Free Music2 muaj më parë

    It has AIRCON... AIR CONtinuous.. great!

  • Airkooled Kustoms
    Airkooled Kustoms2 muaj më parë

    sambas are sort of slayed out for Electric , we have built one so far , ( a bettle ) and props on what you do

  • Ben Gully
    Ben Gully2 muaj më parë

    Very well explained. Both You guys are interesting and informative. Should do more Colabs

  • ismannyb
    ismannyb2 muaj më parë

    Rich rebuilds should partner with xl fleet

  • Sir. Joga Baschtelt
    Sir. Joga Baschtelt2 muaj më parë

    👌 Nice Car

  • dan b
    dan b3 muaj më parë

    This makes way more sense than that dumb jeep

  • Roland Geter
    Roland Geter3 muaj më parë

    Please put me on your mailing list

  • Mrgunman1955
    Mrgunman19553 muaj 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 Bujaki3 muaj 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 James3 muaj 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 .

  • CPT Ivanitchyanus

    CPT Ivanitchyanus

    22 ditë më parë

    It’s called REGEN bud. Integral to many existing EV’s for years. Google is your friend.

  • Luis Mardones
    Luis Mardones3 muaj më parë

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

  • Allen Loser
    Allen Loser3 muaj 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 Loser3 muaj më parë

    What was wrong with the original engine compartment latch?

  • ACIM222
    ACIM2223 muaj 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

  • Tree Frogs
    Tree Frogs3 muaj më parë

    Good one man small things make big in pack

  • friður
    friður4 muaj më parë

    Do an update video on this build

  • mohamed benabdallah
    mohamed benabdallah4 muaj 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
    Professor4 muaj më parë

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

  • Tom Summers

    Tom Summers

    2 muaj më parë

    Tens of millions of VW peeps call them church keys.

  • Deco Marin
    Deco Marin5 muaj më parë

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

  • Michael
    Michael5 muaj më parë

    wow, I would install a seat belt though

  • Yellowman617
    Yellowman6176 muaj më parë

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

  • zilfondel
    zilfondel6 muaj më parë


  • A. L
    A. L6 muaj më parë

    Did he actually shift gears?

  • Richard Best
    Richard Best7 muaj më parë

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

  • Joshua Kelly
    Joshua Kelly7 muaj më parë

    This is freaking awesome

  • RGP B
    RGP B8 muaj më parë

    More collabs with JG!

  • Kjetil Balstad
    Kjetil Balstad8 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 jonhson8 muaj më parë

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

  • Richard Moniz
    Richard Moniz8 muaj më parë

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

  • Ryan Helvie
    Ryan Helvie8 muaj më parë

    Awesome video. This guy is dope.

  • GenBloodLust
    GenBloodLust9 muaj më parë

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

  • Lucianfrits
    Lucianfrits9 muaj më parë

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

  • Hank Rutherford Hill
    Hank Rutherford Hill9 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 first9 muaj më parë

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

  • Al A
    Al A9 muaj më parë

    So Rich constantly hatin' on Samsung....

  • Lenny F
    Lenny F9 muaj më parë

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

  • Gerhard Kutt
    Gerhard Kutt9 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 Reaction10 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
    ekhaat10 muaj më parë

    Jehu is such a nice guy

  • Michael Chater
    Michael Chater10 muaj më parë

    Is it a greenhouse?

  • indusrtial
    indusrtial10 muaj më parë

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

  • Andrew Gems
    Andrew Gems10 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 Gems10 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 Roberts10 muaj më parë

    Rad! Rich, sorry. Let the guy speak.

  • Lilwolf2000
    Lilwolf200011 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 Johnson11 muaj më parë

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

  • Professor
    Professor11 muaj më parë

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

  • rbc21
    rbc2111 muaj më parë

    great to see you guys collab

  • Tom R
    Tom R11 muaj më parë

    How much including parts and labour?

  • Martin Bootsma
    Martin Bootsma11 muaj më parë

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

  • Mike Chan
    Mike Chan11 muaj më parë

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

  • Djoel Tav
    Djoel Tav11 muaj më parë

    Man I love the internet, this too cool.

    ABOXofMONSTERSVit 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

    ABOXofMONSTERSVit 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 ImageVit më parë


  • Tony Leon
    Tony LeonVit më parë

    More like VoltsWatting

  • Jaz Martino
    Jaz MartinoVit më parë

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

  • Wolf Of ODIN
    Wolf Of ODINVit 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 !

  • Tom Summers

    Tom Summers

    2 muaj më parë

    Very stupid comment. Original bus only got 150 to 200 miles range.

  • king of the swing.
    king of the swing.Vit më parë

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

  • John Woods
    John WoodsVit më parë

    Jehu Garcia is a legend here in the UK.

  • Jesse Short
    Jesse ShortVit më parë

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

  • Shot- Ray
    Shot- RayVit më parë

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

  • ThatOneGuyWhyNot
    ThatOneGuyWhyNotVit më parë

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

  • mspider12
    mspider12Vit 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 EckerVit më parë

    Seat belts are overrated with the front exit chute.

  • richard baker
    richard bakerVit më parë

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

  • sean hayes
    sean hayesVit më parë

    How much do you have in materials on this?

  • Modernity Leave
    Modernity LeaveVit më parë

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

  • pinkeye00
    pinkeye00Vit më parë

    A couple of ignant racists in their prime.

  • D Rocha
    D RochaVit më parë

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

  • bioniccrouton
    bioniccroutonVit 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.

  • J Y
    J YVit 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!

  • Worthless crusader Untill I have all the facts
    Worthless crusader Untill I have all the factsVit 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.

  • 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.

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