Autos & Vehicles

Powering my DIY electric Mini Cooper on a budget

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  1. Terry Golden

    Terry Golden

    2 days ago

    Who else only watches these videos for the ADs?

  2. p0kerp1aya


    6 days ago

    17:54 My question is with the position of the charging port, how the heck are you going to be able to plug in the charging handle with the gas fill cap in the way? I think you need to turn the port 180 degrees, or 90 degrees so that the notch is at the bottom, rather than the left side. Thoughts??? Love your videos man.

  3. Leigh Harvey

    Leigh Harvey

    16 days ago

    That was the weirdest ad for a VPN I have ever seen



    18 days ago

    idk much about the bodyworks of the mini but since u are not using a fuel engine then isn't it possible to throw out the fueltank and put the battery in that space and keep the boot empty

  5. Lightnin McQueen

    Lightnin McQueen

    20 days ago

    Bro the intro got me subscribed in less than a minute That was hilarious

  6. sheridan thompson

    sheridan thompson

    22 days ago

    The robert redford cameo was awesome

  7. George Baskharon

    George Baskharon

    23 days ago

    Linus Tech Tips should learn from this guy how to present ads

  8. KURNTECH Douglas

    KURNTECH Douglas

    Month ago

    aint the open wire is one of the pot wire

  9. Tony Dickerson

    Tony Dickerson

    Month ago

    Why are you keeping the 12v battery when you have the dc/dc converter, just run your light etc through the converter

  10. M V

    M V

    Month ago

    "New white dad in no time" lol. You are hilarious man!

  11. neil stern

    neil stern

    2 months ago

    It was like running on empty, and you swerve left and right to get gas to the carb and limp to the station.

  12. Jovan Lowe

    Jovan Lowe

    2 months ago

    My new favorite channel. I have a ton of catching up to do. Thanx alot!!!

  13. Thomas Alexander

    Thomas Alexander

    2 months ago


  14. armando patane

    armando patane

    2 months ago

    Looks phenomenal

  15. Lewis Moten

    Lewis Moten

    2 months ago

    You sound like you are going through the same steps I had been going through to modernize an old EV. I had no clue what I was doing, but I prevailed.

  16. Shreyam Taneja

    Shreyam Taneja

    2 months ago

    why not use the space cleared by the fuel tank for the batteries?

  17. MOE Productions!

    MOE Productions!

    2 months ago

    Use a mix of lead cell and capacitive batteries. This would give you the benefit of using solar sells.

  18. Aaron Walcott

    Aaron Walcott

    2 months ago

    With my SEED COACH!!! Hahahahahahah

  19. Rich Hines

    Rich Hines

    3 months ago

    Dawg๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ the intro that ties into the ad is epic

  20. Jon S

    Jon S

    3 months ago

    Thanks for the Surfshark Super Bowl ad!

  21. FoolioBeardy


    3 months ago

    Anyone else shit their pants a bit when that measuring tape got unrolled across the battery posts?

  22. Faisal Azhar

    Faisal Azhar

    3 months ago

    Why not put 1 battery in the front and one in the back ?

  23. Faisal Azhar

    Faisal Azhar

    3 months ago

    I like the content of your videos but I would suggest improving the camera work.

  24. Samuel Orozco

    Samuel Orozco

    3 months ago

    Rich, damn it, just do stand-up already. I know absolutely nothing about building cars (and probably will never venture out to try) but your videos are highly entertaining and super interesting. I can watch your channel for HOURS.

  25. Chilling Man

    Chilling Man

    3 months ago

    Im hooked on learning ,,this gye makes it a laugh n joke ,,,๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚

  26. edgar gamez

    edgar gamez

    3 months ago

    L๐Ÿ˜‚ DUUUMMMBBB !! Hahaha ๐Ÿคฃ your funny dude h

  27. kim hafslag

    kim hafslag

    3 months ago

    I laughed so much of the promo that I started cry :,-)

  28. Phriqhi Kreuer

    Phriqhi Kreuer

    3 months ago

    I have literally subscribed because of your ad... well done Sir

  29. CruddyBeast 779

    CruddyBeast 779

    3 months ago

    Was this intro supposed to be funny?? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  30. Florencio Vela

    Florencio Vela

    4 months ago

    i've ordered the tri motor cybertruck fsd & plan to buy the S dual motor as well..i have plenty of solar to charge them both & a backup battery system as well..long time invested in TSLA

  31. Alen Abraham

    Alen Abraham

    4 months ago

    I Love your builds, but your content is less build more jokes and some random shit. Would be really appreciated if you just stick on to the build part.

  32. Simon Ernstedt

    Simon Ernstedt

    4 months ago

    If you made the ads on TV i would probably watch that rather then the shit i should be watching! Keep up the superb work.

  33. Paul Vegeta

    Paul Vegeta

    4 months ago

    One of the best USgoners ever. From Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  34. Ryan


    4 months ago

    Slick just slick. Thumbs up

  35. Lance Patton

    Lance Patton

    4 months ago

    Are you getting a cyber truck?

  36. tim wegman

    tim wegman

    4 months ago

    So are you serious about the sperm donor stuff lol

  37. tim wegman

    tim wegman

    4 months ago

    So far this is one f my favorite builds of your. You are doing a much more professional looking job than the roadster.

  38. Sifa Wangia

    Sifa Wangia

    4 months ago

    they're gonna have to start giving out oscar awards for the commitment and creativity these youtubers are giving to their ads๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  39. Mark Rogers

    Mark Rogers

    4 months ago

    At 23:15 you are showing your electrical connections to the controller, and I see that the polarity is reversed. What's the reason for this? Red to Black, and Black to Red, could cause you all kinds of grief later!

  40. nick


    4 months ago

    wtf was that intro

  41. spartan 246

    spartan 246

    4 months ago

    I hit like after the first three minutes!!!

  42. Alphonso Smith

    Alphonso Smith

    4 months ago

    I know you got friends and family first thing that I was thinking about don't change keep doing what you doing and your videos are quality again keep up the good work.

  43. John Jory

    John Jory

    4 months ago

    just getting around to watching this one the day before Christmas 2020. The Intro promo for SurfShark got the like even before watching all the techy stuff.

  44. Thom kouwen

    Thom kouwen

    4 months ago

    Why don't we have cheap batteries like that in Europe๐Ÿ˜ข

  45. noisynerdman


    4 months ago

    Linus Tech Tips can't top that transition.

  46. Dan and Yong

    Dan and Yong

    4 months ago

    Conduit will definitely chaffe too!, must use a rubber grommet in the jagged holes first

  47. kwiebusch


    4 months ago

    When advertising becomes fun.

  48. dozerblade


    4 months ago

    One Day you will look back at this video and the size of the batteries and you will LAUGH SO HARD !



    4 months ago

    OMG... All that for SmurfShark He deserves Sub man

  50. Arjun Dhwoj Bamjan

    Arjun Dhwoj Bamjan

    4 months ago

    Is this a Dailysoap???

  51. BoostedNaSpyder


    4 months ago

    A new white dad? What kind of fucked up shit is that?

  52. Daniel Carter

    Daniel Carter

    4 months ago

    New white dad is an awesome line

  53. Rich Murphy

    Rich Murphy

    4 months ago

    I had no idea casey affleck knows about electric vehicles.. real nice of him to hold the camera for you too.

  54. OnEfoRAll


    4 months ago

    This is absolutely amazing!! Where can you get this kind of content!!! EPIC!!! GEEEZZZ!!!

  55. jtj1331


    4 months ago

    What about Motorcycle AGM 12volt batteries? Theyโ€™re small and pretty good?

  56. Barbie Roberts

    Barbie Roberts

    4 months ago

    A crummy commercial!

  57. Christopher Hamilton

    Christopher Hamilton

    4 months ago

    Wow that intro to surf shark ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  58. Brooke Gravitt

    Brooke Gravitt

    4 months ago

    Rich that was the greatest into/segue ever. Also subtle flex on the articles, I hope you had some haters in titters. Cheers!

  59. immrnoidall


    5 months ago

    hope that battery pack don't come loose and hit you in the back of the head. on the other hand, umm, wheelies?

  60. Jay Den

    Jay Den

    5 months ago

    My 13 model 3 has been siting for 3 years wrecked is battery toast?

  61. TD


    5 months ago

    I really hope your not going to stack the second battery up that high. Better to sink the lower one into the floor of the trunk. If the car ever hit something at say 60 mph the forces trying to keep that battery moving forward (into the back of your head) are immense. I always prefer to have no more than 50% of the battery above the floor of the car so in an accident it stays put. Another option is to move the second pack out under the hood. Also helps with weight balance.

  62. Hue Mungus

    Hue Mungus

    5 months ago

    I wish I had a new white dad

  63. Svajunas Slavickas

    Svajunas Slavickas

    5 months ago

    3 first min of this video bullshiting :D

  64. Rah Min

    Rah Min

    5 months ago

    Tim Dillon and Rich should win an award for their commercials. Ridge Wallet Yummmm

  65. Nick Whittredge

    Nick Whittredge

    5 months ago

    Bro. Get the new aluminium cased LiFePO4 cells from AliExpress. $40 for a 90ah 3.2v cell.

  66. Mark Plunkett

    Mark Plunkett

    5 months ago

    haha i love the intro haha so funny love the sense of humor lol

  67. Joshua Pritt

    Joshua Pritt

    5 months ago

    Did you install that J plug inlet sideways!?!?!

  68. Tristan N

    Tristan N

    5 months ago

    25:29 Pot wires lol

  69. BlueRAVIN


    5 months ago

    POT MAY NEED A CERTAIN Impedance So POT terminals are not connected properly!

  70. ScotwithoneT


    5 months ago

    Is it just me or does Steven's voice not match his looks at all?!

  71. TFG177


    5 months ago

    Im a normal dude, I go to market basket and get my generic cereal like everyone else

  72. mess up naill gun face guy

    mess up naill gun face guy

    5 months ago

    What kind of contactor is that? Dose any one know the spec's? I am trying to buy one rich

  73. glen delarosa

    glen delarosa

    5 months ago

    If the nissan leaf batteries may be your choice are they going to last long enough?ive hward the batteries arent great

  74. DJ It Burns When IP

    DJ It Burns When IP

    5 months ago

    Bro. The built up to a shitty VPN commercial. Roflcopter.

  75. Teslaspecter


    5 months ago

    It sounds like your potentiometer is switched, when you depressed it i heard a click like a microswitch. since it only has two wires, i bet it disconnects the pot while its not being pressed. that should explain that code

  76. Teslaspecter


    5 months ago

    Im starting to think he really does sell his skeet...

  77. erNomic


    5 months ago

    You trigger my gag reflex on the regular. You should wear a US flag suit with a dollar bills tie and run for president. You're a model American by every measure.

  78. SquirtlePWN


    5 months ago

    Drop a like for that ad

  79. minitelrose World of tanks blitz

    minitelrose World of tanks blitz

    5 months ago

    I upvoted this video only for the introduction to the advertising. I would upvote twice if google let me. Maybe Iโ€™ll set up an extra account and come back to do it. About the actual video contentโ€™s quality though, I have watched all videos eversince Richโ€™s first, and Iโ€™m not sure yet. Itโ€™s doubtful content at best. Especially the humor. Doubtful at best. Be aware.

  80. Bryan Clifton

    Bryan Clifton

    5 months ago

    wow an ad I couldn't skip

  81. shawn cell

    shawn cell

    5 months ago

    was expecting a 3 phase motor and controller, but still fun to watch .

  82. Stephen


    5 months ago

    The level of commitment to the writing in this video opener is absolutely amazing.

  83. JoMiTo83


    5 months ago

    Rich: Iโ€™m on a budget Tesla fan boy: F your budget, put the worldโ€™s best battery in D**** Rich: you donโ€™t even own a Tesla because of the cost Tesla fan boy: you hate Tesla for saying that

  84. Adrian Chan

    Adrian Chan

    5 months ago

    Good news, Rich! China is going from the 1 child to the 2 child policy!

  85. Wolfstein Gaming

    Wolfstein Gaming

    5 months ago

    You went full nerd on this it would be quite the good idea if you share your ideas in full engineering detail on a blog and keep the videos simple? Just a suggestion for better documentation!

  86. Daniel Gil

    Daniel Gil

    5 months ago

    Where is the new video man?

  87. Abraham Abraham

    Abraham Abraham

    5 months ago

    Best Segway

  88. short vidz

    short vidz

    5 months ago

    So no video today

  89. Name Withheld

    Name Withheld

    5 months ago

    If ghosts float, but they have no mass... How is Earth's gravity holding them down?

  90. conundrum conundrum

    conundrum conundrum

    5 months ago

    I was going to suggest checking the continuity of your pot wire with a multimeter.

  91. Jez32


    5 months ago

    Best VPN ad ever!!!

  92. BlackIce504


    5 months ago

    why not make a batt pack where the fuel tank used to be as we;;? well I do remember you saying you wanted one spot.

  93. Something's Fishy

    Something's Fishy

    5 months ago

    Will this be street legal? Don't you have to homologate it or something? I mean it's an ev conversion, here in spain it's impossible, do you guys now any good place for this kind of stuff? Apart from russia.

  94. J E

    J E

    5 months ago

    hey rich thanks for doing what you do for right to repair

  95. Lecktroe


    5 months ago

    The only channel were im excited to learn about random EV stuff and watch paid for promotional loot.

  96. Matt W

    Matt W

    5 months ago

    Ahahahahaha the Ad!! Good video and content but.. Surfshark.. omg.. ahhahaahhaa

  97. ian Goes2whitecastle

    ian Goes2whitecastle

    5 months ago

    You should build a 3d printed life size power wheels

  98. trbdann2


    5 months ago

    2:55 the tabs ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

  99. Robert Woz

    Robert Woz

    5 months ago

    I just subbed. Thanks for doing the coolest work ever. Awesome channel ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ’ฏ

  100. Mr.Sandman


    5 months ago

    I already got a VPN but i might just buy fatshark cause of that fucking ad. amazing