Autos & Vehicles

Exploring the cheap DIY electric Volkswagen samba

"Rich meets up with Jehu garcia and gets to ride his Eletric Samba"
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  1. Greg


    3 days ago

    A "Church Key" is used to Lock a Casket. Often the casket will arrive to church unlocked for viewing before Mass & then locked prior to the start of the funeral mass.

  2. Dill Montgomery

    Dill Montgomery

    21 day ago

    I knew I saw you in rancho cucamonga

  3. RSTJ X3J

    RSTJ X3J

    25 days ago

    Who needs to watch regular tv anymore. I haven’t in several years! So prefer real people, innovators entrepreneurs doing their thing sharing their passion and creativity. Thanks for taking the time in putting these videos together.

  4. Perry Shipp

    Perry Shipp

    2 months ago

    That's a lot of batteries in his house. After watching this video, I'm sure his home insurance doubled.

  5. Sam Peacock

    Sam Peacock

    2 months ago

    I love church keys you can just stick a finger in and undo them lmao

  6. shawn fortine

    shawn fortine

    2 months ago

    some body need to tell big fluffy about this guy he might pay him to build one yes I mean the comedian big fluffy he collects VW busses

  7. gmrb79s


    3 months ago

    My neck hurts.

  8. David Elliott

    David Elliott

    3 months ago

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

  9. magic wand

    magic wand

    3 months ago


  10. Leandro Alterini

    Leandro Alterini

    3 months ago

    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.

  11. EliteDavid Horne

    EliteDavid Horne

    3 months ago

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

  12. Pablis 23

    Pablis 23

    3 months ago

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

  13. T T

    T T

    3 months ago

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

  14. Zen Zen

    Zen Zen

    4 months ago

    Been following Jehu forever :)

  15. Gregarious Antithesis

    Gregarious Antithesis

    4 months ago

    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.

  16. Buddy Whatshisname

    Buddy Whatshisname

    4 months ago

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

  17. Joe Botelho

    Joe Botelho

    4 months ago

    2:20 its theft proof

  18. *


    4 months ago

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

  19. alfred tolentino

    alfred tolentino

    5 months ago

    Love it!

  20. Tekno Logik

    Tekno Logik

    5 months ago

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

  21. richard carr

    richard carr

    5 months ago




    5 months ago

    I wanna do that to my Astro Van!!

  23. Free Music

    Free Music

    5 months ago

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

  24. Airkooled Kustoms

    Airkooled Kustoms

    5 months ago

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

  25. Ben Gully

    Ben Gully

    5 months ago

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

  26. ismannyb


    5 months ago

    Rich rebuilds should partner with xl fleet

  27. serJOga


    5 months ago

    👌 Nice Car

  28. dan b

    dan b

    5 months ago

    This makes way more sense than that dumb jeep

  29. Roland Geter

    Roland Geter

    5 months ago

    Please put me on your mailing list

  30. Mrgunman1955


    5 months ago

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

  31. Michael Bujaki

    Michael Bujaki

    5 months ago

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

  32. Rick J James

    Rick J James

    5 months ago

    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

      3 months ago

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

  33. Luis Mardones

    Luis Mardones

    5 months ago

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

  34. Allen Loser

    Allen Loser

    5 months ago

    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.

  35. Allen Loser

    Allen Loser

    5 months ago

    What was wrong with the original engine compartment latch?

  36. ACIM222


    6 months ago

    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

  37. Tree Frogs

    Tree Frogs

    6 months ago

    Good one man small things make big in pack

  38. friður


    6 months ago

    Do an update video on this build

  39. mohamed benabdallah

    mohamed benabdallah

    7 months ago

    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?

  40. Professor


    7 months ago

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

    • Tom Summers

      Tom Summers

      5 months ago

      Tens of millions of VW peeps call them church keys.

  41. Deco Marin

    Deco Marin

    8 months ago

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

  42. Michael


    8 months ago

    wow, I would install a seat belt though

  43. Yellowman617


    8 months ago

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

  44. zilfondel


    9 months ago


  45. A. L

    A. L

    9 months ago

    Did he actually shift gears?

  46. Richard Best

    Richard Best

    10 months ago

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

  47. Joshua Kelly

    Joshua Kelly

    10 months ago

    This is freaking awesome

  48. RGP B

    RGP B

    10 months ago

    More collabs with JG!

  49. Kjetil Balstad

    Kjetil Balstad

    11 months ago

    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.

  50. daniel jonhson

    daniel jonhson

    11 months ago

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

  51. Richard Moniz

    Richard Moniz

    11 months ago

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

  52. Ryan Helvie

    Ryan Helvie

    11 months ago

    Awesome video. This guy is dope.

  53. GenBloodLust


    Year ago

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

  54. Bill the Welding Sloth

    Bill the Welding Sloth

    Year ago

    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.

  55. middle first

    middle first

    Year ago

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

  56. Al A

    Al A

    Year ago

    So Rich constantly hatin' on Samsung....

  57. Lenny F

    Lenny F

    Year ago

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

  58. Gerhard Kutt

    Gerhard Kutt

    Year ago

    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 !! ~~

  59. Tailored Reaction

    Tailored Reaction

    Year ago

    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.

  60. ekhaat


    Year ago

    Jehu is such a nice guy

  61. Michael Chater

    Michael Chater

    Year ago

    Is it a greenhouse?

  62. indusrtial


    Year ago

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

  63. Andrew Gems

    Andrew Gems

    Year ago

    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!

  64. Andrew Gems

    Andrew Gems

    Year ago

    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!

  65. Jack Roberts

    Jack Roberts

    Year ago

    Rad! Rich, sorry. Let the guy speak.

  66. Lilwolf2000


    Year ago

    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?

  67. Dom Johnson

    Dom Johnson

    Year ago

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

  68. Professor


    Year ago

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

  69. rbc21


    Year ago

    great to see you guys collab

  70. Tom R

    Tom R

    Year ago

    How much including parts and labour?

  71. Father Torque

    Father Torque

    Year ago

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

  72. Mike Chan

    Mike Chan

    Year ago

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

  73. Djoel Tav

    Djoel Tav

    Year ago

    Man I love the internet, this too cool.



    Year ago

    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



    Year ago

    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

  76. Dip Image

    Dip Image

    Year ago


  77. Tony Leon

    Tony Leon

    Year ago

    More like VoltsWatting

  78. Jaz Martino

    Jaz Martino

    Year ago

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

  79. Wolf Of ODIN

    Wolf Of ODIN

    Year ago

    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

      5 months ago

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

  80. king of the swing.

    king of the swing.

    Year ago

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

  81. John Woods

    John Woods

    Year ago

    Jehu Garcia is a legend here in the UK.

  82. Jesse Short

    Jesse Short

    Year ago

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

  83. Shot- Ray

    Shot- Ray

    Year ago

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

  84. ThatOneGuyWhyNot


    Year ago

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

  85. mspider12


    Year ago

    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.

  86. Mike Ecker

    Mike Ecker

    Year ago

    Seat belts are overrated with the front exit chute.

  87. richard baker

    richard baker

    Year ago

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

  88. sean hayes

    sean hayes

    Year ago

    How much do you have in materials on this?

  89. Modernity Leave

    Modernity Leave

    Year ago

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

  90. pinkeye00


    Year ago

    A couple of ignant racists in their prime.

  91. D Rocha

    D Rocha

    Year ago

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

  92. bioniccrouton


    Year ago

    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.

  93. J Y

    J Y

    Year ago

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

  94. mike moritz

    mike moritz

    Year ago

    Good stuff Rich, Jehu has good stuff going on

  95. Alrukitaf


    Year ago

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

  96. Daniel Hultenius

    Daniel Hultenius

    Year ago

    No just NO

  97. seasong


    Year ago

    Church key kinda looks like a church, right?

  98. Geekboy NZ

    Geekboy NZ

    Year ago

    'Armstrong Power Steering' rules!

  99. Worthless crusader Untill I have all the facts

    Worthless crusader Untill I have all the facts

    Year ago

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

  100. Stop Teoriom Spiskowym

    Stop Teoriom Spiskowym

    Year ago

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