How I Built An Electric Tesla Powered Classic VW Bus

I converted my classic VW bus to electric using Tesla parts. I'm getting it ready for van life! I’ve never felt such a big sense of achievement from a project and I’m so excited to show you! Please subscribe to stay up to date on this Series!
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  • FunForLouis
    FunForLouis4 თვის წინ

    This was all filmed before COVID-19

  • Too Daft

    Too Daft

    10 დღის წინ

    (Only) WHO cares! Live your life homie.

  • Chee woh Chaw

    Chee woh Chaw

    2 თვის წინ

    Any EV conversion for year 2008 honda City. I want that ludicrous mode grin

  • Halcyon


    2 თვის წინ

    California is a sad state now. Dont âgree with electric conversion; batteries are filthy.

  • Bear Gillium

    Bear Gillium

    3 თვის წინ

    I have a pre smog chevy that I need to convert, any words of wisdom?

  • Ru Be

    Ru Be

    3 თვის წინ

    I liked and I haven’t even watched yet. Lol. VW will surely be knocking to say hi can you join us.

  • JayxSolo
    JayxSoloდღის წინ

    It’s funny cus I was like “of course his name is Louis with an accent like that...he reminds me of this other dude I use to watch when I was a kid that use to eat spide..... wait this is him!” Lmfao it’s cool to see you still going strong!! I swear the first time I saw your videos I had to be like 11... I’m 21 😂

  • Donna Thedead
    Donna Thedead4 დღის წინ

    Either Tesla or Prius will make the first all electric camper van and whoever does it first is going to own the market.

  • Snowflamerider
    Snowflamerider6 დღის წინ

    You stole my idea to "pimp" my VW T1 ;)

  • Paul Stottman
    Paul Stottman7 დღის წინ

    I feel sorry for you . Worked so hard on this van .

    SANJEEV PEREIRA8 დღის წინ

    Awesome vedio. Any email to get information from u. Brgds sanjeev pereira from india mumbai

  • Jay Day
    Jay Day9 დღის წინ

    And the cost of the conversion? 3hrs charge...VW’s are a slow lane cruise, even slower in electric.. EV isn’t advanced enough for long range journeys in camper vans, even in the UK. I’ve had one for 26 years, build my own engines that are reliable, do work and are a lot cheaper DIY than via a 3rd party engine builder. When VW’s weren’t jumped on by investors or fashionistas parts and dubs were far more realistically priced.

  • Jay Day

    Jay Day

    9 დღის წინ

    Truly I’d love my London Routemaster double decker motorhome EV converted but the cost is still too insane!

  • Larty Danceoff
    Larty Danceoff12 დღის წინ


  • Steve Spence
    Steve Spence13 დღის წინ

    Unless you have your own solar, wind, or microhydro farm, or have access to one, you are still using fossil fuels to charge the batteries.

  • andisuf
    andisuf13 დღის წინ

    jehu using EV West motor electric..... wow

  • mohamed Tarib
    mohamed Tarib13 დღის წინ

    الرجل رقم واحد

  • Rio Lillebekk
    Rio Lillebekk16 დღის წინ

    This made my day !!! Thanks a lot Louis for this great idea !!! i will convert my dream VW in an electric one !!! all the best from Vienna !

  • Bigsmokeandthemonster
    Bigsmokeandthemonster19 დღის წინ

    Looking forward to watching this build. I used to have a Splitty before it was stolen 😡Now have a T25 which I would love to make electric especially as I won’t be able to drive it to work with the ULEZ coming in October🤨

    DEFFENDING SLOT19 დღის წინ

    3:40 You have a Pretty Car!^^ Let's drive with me^^

    DEFFENDING SLOT19 დღის წინ

    Star - Craft에 엔트리한 Artanis하고 비슷하네욤^^

  • manfred schmalbach
    manfred schmalbach20 დღის წინ

    "These vehicles are extremely unreliable and extremely difficult to maintain?" Well, You seem to have a pretty funny concept of "unreliable" and "maintenance". The Bully, as the Bug, is dead easy to work on, engine gets out in an hour to work on it from all sides, and back in a bit over an hour again after proper work was done, engine is forced aircooled and has no problems whatsoever with everything that recurrently goes wrong in liquid cooled engines, undercarriage is straight parts (integral though) mostly, so repair welding and even building Your own repair paneling does basically need a straightedge, three to four clamps and a stable table only (besides pincers, a way to cut tin, and a couple hammers of course), and the common problem of "recurrent breakdowns" generally is an aftermath of no proper maintenance done for literal _decades_ (while they still ride along well enough after those decades to sell 'em to keen buyers 'as is'!) plus by far not enough knowledge and understanding in repair-shops when it comes to maintaining aircooled Boxer engines. Anyway, Jehu Garcia's way of converting a Bully into Tesla-electric is a cool and budget route to get to an electric Super-Wagon You still can not buy on the market in this size and configuration because carmakers incomprehensibly do not produce anything alike. I'm all in when it comes to modernizations or conversions. I have stark doubts, though, that Your reliability and usability went UP compared to a well restored/maintained Bully, in terms of ease of repair and remote places to reach (plus get back into civilization from there).

  • manfred schmalbach

    manfred schmalbach

    15 დღის წინ

    @joshua kotei Hi Josh!

  • joshua kotei

    joshua kotei

    17 დღის წინ

    Hallo deutscher

  • ytfever guy
    ytfever guy23 დღის წინ

    Haven't even watched this yet but already gave it a like

  • Peter Burkhardt
    Peter Burkhardt27 დღის წინ

    2:50 its hard to get two people of different sizes into one frame, isn't it?

  • Carl Lubrin
    Carl Lubrinთვის წინ

    You can literally put a solar power on top and charge that engine all day while ur driving

  • liamisic911
    liamisic911თვის წინ

    this was the guy that used to eat roadkill right?

  • captivating tech
    captivating techთვის წინ

    Tüv sagt: Nein

  • joshua kotei

    joshua kotei

    17 დღის წინ

    @captivating tech in Deutschland geht das aber wird vom TÜV geprüft

  • joshua kotei

    joshua kotei

    17 დღის წინ

    @captivating tech der Grund wieso ich das sage is das viele Menschen aus Deutschland hassen e autos und in diesen Kommentaren von Deutschland wird nur schlecht darüber geredet

  • captivating tech

    captivating tech

    17 დღის წინ

    but here... you would have the hurdle to go through the TüV. so mostly no DIY stuff from germans on the net.

  • captivating tech

    captivating tech

    17 დღის წინ

    @joshua kotei dunno. we germans like camping? and i love to see people building electric vehicles.

  • joshua kotei

    joshua kotei

    17 დღის წინ

    Wieso so viele deutsche

  • Dolores Gray
    Dolores Grayთვის წინ

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  • Colin Bastart
    Colin Bastartთვის წინ

    Nice Lifestyle Bro. But To Produce Batterys Makes even MORE'' CO2 than fuel engines do. The Electro Car is the wrong was towards a Green world

  • simplesession
    simplesessionთვის წინ

    So awesome!

  • Data Glasses
    Data Glassesთვის წინ

    Hey mate, I need a jump start

  • bobby alegria
    bobby alegriaთვის წინ

    Very awesome build I really injoy

  • emil flognoid
    emil flognoidთვის წინ

    The ultimate hippie mobile

  • KegosNation
    KegosNationთვის წინ

    Louis! This video is fantastic! Great edit too 👌

  • Jared Oldhouser
    Jared Oldhouserთვის წინ

    Rich hippies, isn't tha an oxymoron.......lmao

  • K O'holohan
    K O'holohanთვის წინ

    Sooooo close to 2M!

  • Lukas Broniewski
    Lukas Broniewskiთვის წინ

    Electric cars are not the future. Anyway cool project! 🤙🏻

  • Ronson XRP 7.77M
    Ronson XRP 7.77Mთვის წინ

    My cattle are plant powered.

  • The McNeills on Wheels
    The McNeills on Wheelsთვის წინ

    Really enjoyed watching this. Thanks!

  • brooksieluke
    brooksieluke2 თვის წინ

    This is cool 😆😆

  • TurboFreak
    TurboFreak2 თვის წინ

    Lipo mining....... eco friendly? SURE!

  • jupiterbeings
    jupiterbeings2 თვის წინ

    Your not going to get far. Haha!

  • Joel Salinas
    Joel Salinas2 თვის წინ

    How much did you spend to convert the van? I am considering converting mine

  • Dustin Perez
    Dustin Perez2 თვის წინ

    If you cut them fenders out a little bit and add some big tires that would be great bro. Maybe some hydraulic shocks so its really smooth and can handle maybe a little off roading. Lol. That's awesome man. Wow

  • Glenn Bishop's Magic, Mysteries, and Much More!
    Glenn Bishop's Magic, Mysteries, and Much More!2 თვის წინ

    I would like to put an electric engine into a school bus conversion to an RV. What kind of engine and drive connections. Would I need?

  • 51KTM51Hurricane
    51KTM51Hurricane2 თვის წინ

    so you have gears to shift? that would be awesome

  • Stanley Whiteman
    Stanley Whiteman2 თვის წინ

    It is easy to forget behind all excitement that electric vehicles will require actually fossil fuels to run..

  • rob flob
    rob flob2 თვის წინ

    trendy bruv

  • R M
    R M2 თვის წინ

    This guy definitely speaks al bhed..

  • H Bomb
    H Bomb2 თვის წინ

    Low test

  • Oilerua Aiarag
    Oilerua Aiarag2 თვის წინ

    Did you thank Jehu Garcia? Because he pioneered most of this knowledge you standing on.

  • ChristianRB
    ChristianRB2 თვის წინ

    "These beautiful vintage vehicles are extremely unreliable and extremely expensive to maintain" Dude... no? They are expensive to restore and extremely reliable when done right. What you're fighting is not their design, its their age and wear.

  • Shot by Nasiatka
    Shot by Nasiatka2 თვის წინ

    Cost to convert?

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jones2 თვის წინ

    I am not entirely sure you fit in a camper bus Louis!

  • Tom Kirk
    Tom Kirk2 თვის წინ

    7:28 knowrrn

  • Will Salmon
    Will Salmon2 თვის წინ

    8 seconds in and I'm already puking cause you were almost cut in half by sheet metal lol

  • G
    G2 თვის წინ

    There is something so retro futuristic with combining these expensive hi tech components in these scrap yard candidates cars.

  • DIYMicha
    DIYMicha2 თვის წინ

    I'm about to convert my T4 camper as well. I already converted a '89 Golf 2. My biggest concerns are range and charging time. Whilst the latter is not soo important. Maybe a bunch of solar panels on the roof. I would love to get it to between 300-500km range at charging times of under 6-8h. Maybe there's a DIY CCD charging solution out there somewhere?

  • Keillor Kaplan-James
    Keillor Kaplan-James2 თვის წინ

    Common problem, you are saying Electric Engine. Thats not a real invention. Otherwise, its a great video.

  • Brian Edwards
    Brian Edwards2 თვის წინ

    Love it! Does there exist any literature/videos on other things you will need such as heater, A/C, defroster? I have a type 3 Vanagon and this is one of the directions I am contemplating. But as a daily driver I will need occasional defrosting, heating and cooling capability here in west Texas.

  • Bruno Tartari
    Bruno Tartari2 თვის წინ

    In Brazil you can buy vw parts at the grocery store. No matter how small a town is, there's someone who can rebuild this engine in 3 days using only hand tools. Definitely not expensive to maintain a wv van here.

  • Bruno Tartari

    Bruno Tartari

    2 თვის წინ

    There's probably over one million vw beetles and vans cruising every day.

  • Tony Challinor
    Tony Challinor2 თვის წინ

    Why use gears? EV motors don't need them?

  • Alexander Thornton
    Alexander Thornton2 თვის წინ

    Hot rodding at its finest

  • Stomp TheElites
    Stomp TheElites2 თვის წინ

    It takes fuel to make electricity. Hmmmmmm

  • Mike Oxmall
    Mike Oxmall2 თვის წინ

    I’m thinking about doing the exact same thing. How much did it cost?

  • Baloo Camper conversions
    Baloo Camper conversions2 თვის წინ

    That laugh at the beginning is enough reason to build one haha

  • Out and About with Christie
    Out and About with Christie2 თვის წინ

    Awesome stuff. The good old kombi camper van :) I have a delica 4x4 camper van I'd love to convert to electric as well :)

  • Isaias
    Isaias2 თვის წინ

    These batteries will be out dated in the next couple of years

  • Jay Weezy
    Jay Weezy2 თვის წინ

    russel brand when u give him science n stuff instead of crack.

  • Lily Mae
    Lily Mae2 თვის წინ

    Instant sub!!! Looking forward to learning all about converting a van to electric ⚡️

  • johnselekta
    johnselekta2 თვის წინ

    Nice, wanna do my T4 at some point but a few years off yet though, inspiring stuff.

  • MrGenedancingmachine
    MrGenedancingmachine2 თვის წინ

    Isn't this the guy that used to eat tarantulas?

  • Jesse Rinyu
    Jesse Rinyu2 თვის წინ

    I could only stand to watch the first two videos, but this is cringeworthy. Watching a white dude with dreads and a trust fund wreck a VW bus... He’s cutting aluminum with a homemade table saw, he tries to BRAZE aluminum, and cuts into the frame rails with reckless abandon. We get it, you have abs. Please, do not emulate this behavior!

  • Step Side
    Step Side2 თვის წინ


  • Offset
    Offset2 თვის წინ

    Is a conversion like this allowed to be charged on the Tesla supercharger network?

  • Erik 1701
    Erik 17012 თვის წინ

    ya could add a solar charging system to have constant power charge to your batteries for longer distance

  • Gazza
    Gazza2 თვის წინ

    The future is electric where all the power from the motor use cancerous asbestos internals that will fly into the atmosphere at mouth level and the batteries are made from materials mined by mass child labour mines in poorer countries. maybe the solution is to stop rich kids flying jollies all around the world because those are the ones who are doing all the damage 🤦‍♂️

  • bill97656
    bill976562 თვის წინ

    Good luck

  • White Eagle Golden Dragon
    White Eagle Golden Dragon2 თვის წინ

    "5g'$". what a thief

  • J Farmer
    J Farmer2 თვის წინ

    2003 Silverado Tesla powered 37k quote half of the new rivian work truck. cost

  • Travel by කූටරේ
    Travel by කූටරේ2 თვის წინ

    I have VW too. how can I contact you ?

  • Kurt Schlesinger
    Kurt Schlesinger2 თვის წინ

    mate well done

  • Horia
    Horia2 თვის წინ

    How about installing a row of batteries on the floor and another one under

  • Syahrul Fauzi
    Syahrul Fauzi2 თვის წინ

    that was great.... iwant to build my old Suzuki carry 1.0 1989 but with electric power

  • Jason 132
    Jason 1322 თვის წინ

    I want this i need this

  • kazar abdul
    kazar abdul3 თვის წინ

    when you mentioned Jehu Garcia I was like...this is going to be interesting..I love his works.electric car movement.make earth healthy...This is the way.

  • Blaž Bohinc
    Blaž Bohinc3 თვის წინ

    Electric vehicles are better than fosil only if the electricity you used to power it was produced in a green way.

    VAN DAMAGE TV3 თვის წინ

    Whats with the "SoyFace" in the thumbnail ? And no, I didnt watch your shitty video !

  • Jason W
    Jason W3 თვის წინ

    Sustainability is awesome and an incredible goal! What people do need to understand, however, is it costs more fossil fuels to make a kilowatt of electricity for this van than it does to run it on gasoline even if it gets 5 MPG. Not that it's not a good goal, we all need to understand it's NOT fossil fuel-free just because it comes from an electric power source.

  • Josh
    Josh3 თვის წინ

    It’s nice to watch one of your vids again!

  • Eric Hendrickson
    Eric Hendrickson3 თვის წინ

    Bro, when will the vw bus videos be completed? :-) Pretty cool. Hey, what about electrifying the bg bus? Wait, hydrogen!! :-) Urine = fuel!! :-O

  • Torben Gilbert
    Torben Gilbert3 თვის წინ

    I loved the video so much. I watched the full ads. Dude you build my dream bus!!! I bought a 2015 E-golf and love my EV.

  • Bob Eden
    Bob Eden3 თვის წინ

    I toured Australia 8 times over 10 years as a folksinger and my kombi only failed once and that was my fault, 1800 cc twin carby went like a rocket!

  • Paul Takken
    Paul Takken3 თვის წინ

    This is very cool.

  • Kiley Mac
    Kiley Mac3 თვის წინ


  • Great Nesterov
    Great Nesterov3 თვის წინ

    Dude, that's very cool! Greetings from cold russia!

  • Charles Duzzie
    Charles Duzzie3 თვის წინ

    A Dream Van".

  • Jack Clark
    Jack Clark3 თვის წინ

    Idk how I just found you but I already love you

  • Island Rider Jayrocpile
    Island Rider Jayrocpile3 თვის წინ

    Such an awesome idea

  • Sisco Guevara
    Sisco Guevara3 თვის წინ

    Wow wow wow 🤩

  • NIKI
    NIKI3 თვის წინ

    that is so so great the combination of these worlds. im always thinking about stuff like these. congratulations and hope these were the last bumps on the road. hopefully, this kinda videos will make people inspired

  • Lyian Soria
    Lyian Soria3 თვის წინ

    I’ve always wanted to see if I can do this in the future! This is so great and I’m so happy and proud of you for doing this I can’t wait for your new adventures

  • LianessYes
    LianessYes3 თვის წინ

    Jehu is a total legend! So lucky for you to have connected with him and receive his guidance. You are building my dream camper van. Have fun Louis. Nice one.

  • Skiridr22
    Skiridr223 თვის წინ

    I’m excited for their build 😎

  • Sean O Deli
    Sean O Deli3 თვის წინ

    Dude Tesla has to sponsor you then you can get your eyebrows waxed

  • Ronald Chan
    Ronald Chan3 თვის წინ

    Shouldn't be CHEAP but should be exciting, interesting and cooooool ! 😘👍💪