Electric Car Instructional DVDs

We have been working on instructional videos to help ANYONE convert a car to electric.

The whole idea is to be able to make your own electric car, for not a lot of money, and to be able to do it yourself!

The instructional video is almost two-hours of “hands-on” style instruction, taking the viewer through all the aspects of building an electric car, using the Electro-Metro as an example. As a companion to the video disc, also included is a computer DVD-ROM disc with 50 YouTube videos and over 600 high-resolution photographs of the project.

The DVDs debuted at the 2010 MREA Energy Fair where they quickly sold out!

Click the BUY NOW button in the right hand column to purchase a copy of the BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR two-disc set.

The set is $29.99, and includes free shipping in the U.S. (Business name on the receipt will appear as “In-House Media.”) Click here for other payment options.
If you are outside of the United States and wish to order, please contact us for the additional shipping costs.

UPDATE: This video is now available as a digital download at: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/electriccar

Instructional DVD Build Your Own ELECTRIC CAR

If you enjoyed the DVD, please leave a comment letting others know!

If you think an ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE might be more up your alley, check out our MOTORCYCLE DVD!

What people are saying:
“It was “Who Killed the Electric Car” that got me interested in EV’s, but it was your instructables with the Geo that got me thinking, hey, this is a real thing. I could *actually* do this! Thanks for what you’re doing, and keep up the awesome work!”
- Kyle W.

(If you either can’t or prefer not to use Paypal, you can mail a check or money order in US Dollars to:
In-House Media, LLC
38 S. Main St. #455
Oconomowoc, WI  53066-7230
United States

Please include your name, address, and telephone number, and that it’s for the electric car DVD.)

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1 Cal M. January 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

I have a 63 Ford Ranchero, its a small truck, and I am really interested in turning it into an electric car. The problem is I tow stuff, if I turn it electric will I be able to haul anything? I dont haul much but at times I haul up to 8 bags of 80 lb concrete and a bunch of tools, maybe a total of 700 lbs. Will this work?

2 admin January 19, 2015 at 10:38 am

The heavier a car, and the bigger the load towing or hauling, the shorter the electric range will be. If you have a beefy motor, you won’t have any trouble towing or hauling, but range will be less than when you AREN’T towing or hauling.
I don’t know of too many Ranchero conversions, but there’s lots of El Camino conversions out there. Here’s one a friend of mine did – http://www.evalbum.com/2829
He put a lot of time, money, and effort into his project, but WOW does that car go!!!

3 admin January 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

I have had the Electro-Metro up to 73 miles per hour (in a 55 zone) when running 144V. My car only cost $1300 to convert, but that was with used batteries and a salvaged electric motor.
200 kilometers is a very great distance for a homebuilt electric car. That’s about 124 miles. The Nissan Leaf’s official rating is for a bit LESS than 100 miles. While it would be POSSIBLE to build an electric car with that range, it might not make sense financially to do it.
I actually just talked about a friend’s electric El Camino in another post.(http://www.evalbum.com/2829) His car can go over 100 miles per charge, but he also put in almost $30,000 into his project.
A veggie-diesel or plug-in hybrid may make more sense in your situation than a dedicated electric car. Keep in mind that for a family with two cars, having one electric for everyday local use, and a plain gas car for long distance can also make sense.

4 David Huang February 20, 2015 at 10:12 pm

I think that many EV enthusiastic fun forget about a fundamental scientific fact that restrict EV ever being main stream, which is energy density. The best battery you can get is about 1% of liquid fuel, or 2% of solid fuel. To burn fuel and release fuel energy, which then to use that thermal expansion energy to push piston to convert that into kinetic energy of car motion would be the simplest way. The stalemate of car engines is that the designs have errors in mechanical structure, which I have being working on since 2009.

I now in the edge to commercialize the engine. EV technologies and people like 300mpg.org do offer some important role in my venture. I hope to find solutions to replace ICE in old cars with my engine, and then to add electrical motors or alike as the intermediate engine to drive a car.

I am interested to know what challenge ahead to such effort? Say if various car (not the brand new) owners come to me and wish to get rid of ICE and add my components to convert their cars, what have to be done in electrical, and the control system (electronic components) before the cars are roadworthy to pass authorities scrutiny? What is the risk if something goes wrong?

These are the issues I wish to find answers.



5 George M. February 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm

Yes I would like to know what year and from what car tranny did you use?

6 admin February 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The car I converted for this project was a 1996 Geo Metro. I used the Geo Metro 5-speed manual transmission that would have been with that engine.

7 maricela March 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Do you ship to Mexico? if so , could you tell shipping cost.. thanks.

8 Toby June 5, 2015 at 2:14 am

I have been pondering this thought. In a RV you have a charging system that turns on when the batteries for the RV get slow. Couldn’t you put a system like that in a vehicle to charge your batteries as you were driving? In this way you could turn a full-sized pick up into an electric pick up hybrid. With the charging system for the batteries only coming on when needed and shutting off when fully charged, it would extend the life of the fuel. With no load the charging system would not be running consistently and if it took one hour to go through 1 gallon of fuel at 65 miles an hour you just got 65 miles per gallon out of the full-sized truck. Is this a valid thought?

9 Ben N June 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

Yes and no. In an RV, the size of the batteries for running the lights, a 120V inverter, and other electric items is very small compared to an electric car battery or the size of a traction battery that would be required to push the RV down the road using an electric motor. HOWEVER…. I believe it’s the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid that uses the electric motor ONLY to propel the car at freeway speed, until the battery is depleted. Then, the engine kicks on, and pushes the car down the road while charging the battery. This by itself is NOT fuel efficient – it takes lots of power to push the car AND charge the battery at the same time. (On our Prius, this is the WORST fuel-economy mode) But, in general, gasoline engines tend to be most efficient at WOT – wide open throttle. They are burning lots of fuel because of the throttle being wide open, but are creating a lot of power as well. Using a lot of energy (but somewhat efficiently) by pushing the car down the road AND charging the battery, actually ADDS some efficiency. Once the batteries are charged, the engine turns back off, and the car continues driving on just electric. By averaging out the “drive-and-charge” and running on just battery electric, the car gets overall very good fuel economy. This is sort of an automated version of the “Pulse and Glide” driving technique, which has shown to be able to provide some fantastic fuel economy.

This is also not unlike WWII class diesel submarines. Underwater, an electric motor was powered by batteries to propel the sub. When the batteries ran low, the sub would surface, run the diesel engine hard to charge the batteries as fast as possible, then turn off the engine, dive, and continue along on battery power. Hybrids have been around a long time, and there’s lots of interesting ideas for us to be using today!

10 pier-luc October 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

hi i would like you to build me a ev motor controller how mutch would it cost and when would you be able to ship thanks ? looking foward for the 144v 500 amp

11 admin October 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Sorry! I don’t build controllers for people, but if you want to build your own, all the resources are out there for you to do it.
Start here: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthread.php/paul-sabrinas-cheap-diy-144v-motor-controller-6404.html

12 regreen October 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm

I want to build 48 ft. catamaran that calls for a 200 HP motor. Is this possible?

What size motor should I try to find?

13 BenN October 27, 2015 at 10:35 am

It’s certainly possible. I haven’t worked on electric boats before, but what I would recommend is looking at what other people have done.
Here’s a link to boats on the EV album. See what types of systems people have used on those boats. It should help give you a sense of what you might want to do on your project.

14 michael "burt" wolland January 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Hi, I race road racing sidecars in new zealand, running a gsxr1000 about 165 hp. I am super interested in trying to build an electric sidecar,. The sidecar we run at present weighs in at 230 kg wet so any info you can help us with would be fantastic .
Cheers burt

15 admin February 5, 2016 at 5:06 pm

The guy you want to talk to is Kevin Clemens. He has a Facebook page called Team Minne-Volt-A and is in Minnesota in the United States. His latest is an aerodynamic bright yellow electric motorcycle and sidecar. I’m sure if you contacted him, he could help point you in the right direction. https://www.facebook.com/groups/205840456141741/
He’s done some great work with electric side cars. Take a look!

16 admin February 5, 2016 at 5:06 pm

The guy you want to talk to is Kevin Clemens. He has a Facebook page called Team Minne-Volt-A and is in Minnesota in the United States. His latest is an aerodynamic bright yellow electric motorcycle and sidecar. I’m sure if you contacted him, he could help point you in the right direction. https://www.facebook.com/groups/205840456141741/
He’s done some great work with electric side cars. Take a look!

17 Irfan February 29, 2016 at 5:51 am

Dear sir,

I am from Pakistan and want to buy your Electric Car Instructional DVDs, please let me know the price and send me proforma so I can send you payment may be through bank draft.


18 admin March 3, 2016 at 9:27 am

Purchases can be made through PayPal by clicking the “Buy Now” button on either the electric car or electric motorcycle page.
Both videos are also available as digital through Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/evcycle and https://vimeo.com/ondemand/electriccar
Both pages also list a postal address to send a check or money order in U.S. dollars.

19 vishnu June 9, 2016 at 11:17 am

I am a student from INDIA , we are planning to do electric car as a project. the car should be designed for max 11kw power, what kind of transmission we should we use to get a max speed of 60kmph

20 admin July 24, 2016 at 9:50 am

Sounds like fun! Go for it!
It’s a simple vehicle, and has plenty of space for batteries. It would be a great project.

21 Gary March 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Ben: I like the idea of using a Leaf battery pack for my electric cobra. Do you believe the Leaf’s bms system can be directly used – i.e. the control functions are open, available?

Also, does the Leaf battery pack include an on-board charger?

Thanks so much. Love your work. gw

22 Ben N March 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

Hi Gary!
I have to admit that I’m not much of a BMS guy. I believe that you probably COULD use the BMS from the Leaf, but would have to know CANBUS programming, and how to read and interact with it. I’m sure there’s somebody out there who has done this, but I haven’t.

The car’s charger is NOT inside the battery. It is a separate component.

23 SAra April 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Dear Ben,

I have this 12 year old Dynasty IT Electirc car and it’s been in storage. I want to get it running but can’t find the company in British Columbia anymore and I priced out gel batteries, I believe it needs 5 batteries and it will cost around $2500. Is there a battery or way to build it that will be cheaper. I’m worried it may not run after I put new batteries in it and them I’m out $2500. Looking for help and suggestions

24 Ben Nelson April 26, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Hi Sara,
The cost of lithium batteries has come down so much in recent years that I wouldn’t bother replacing the batteries with lead. I’d go right to lithium.
For $2500, you could probably find an entire Nissan Leaf batter pack at a salvage yard. A Chevy Volt Battery would also be a great way to go.
Check what voltage your vehicle needs, then build a basic battery for that voltage. Take a look at my Vectrix lithium upgrade for some ideas. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmHss3DBZUilbzAUXbeyTOCBjdpc5Ge8b
Good Luck!

25 Micah St Clair May 28, 2018 at 1:50 am

Hey Ben,
I need your help. I was able to get a Dodge Dakota EV for free, but the lead acid batteries were shot. I got some lithium, hooked them all up except for the positive terminal going into the electrical box that has the contactors and fuses. When I first touched the two ends of the positive cable together I hear things start up, the door dinged, that kind of thing. When I broke contact to get a bolt to secure them together, I had nothing. I turned the key, the volt meter in my guages reads 156v, which it should have, but no lights or door dings anymore. I don’t even know where to start to try and find out what happened. Any suggestion. BTW, I started this because I watched your videos, many times. It has been a long journey to get to this point and I am so close to my first EV trip.

26 Ben N May 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Hard for me to say too much without knowing a LOT more about the project, but…
As for lights, door chime, etc. Those typically run off a 12V battery, just like they would have when the vehicle ran on gas. There is usually a DC/DC converter which takes power from the high voltage battery pack and down-converts it to charge the 12V battery.
If you suddenly have no lights or door chime, I’d first check the stock fuses for those circuits.
It’s also possible (but not recommended) to build a system which no longer uses a 12V battery. In that case, if the DC/DC converter goes bad, none the the vehicle’s 12V systems will work.
Some devices can draw very high current for just a moment right when connected to power. Motor controllers are usually hooked up through a “pre-charge” resistor to prevent that surge of power. It’s possible that your DC/DC converter suffered an inrush surge, which wrecked it.
So, check all your 12V typical fuses first, and after that, take a look at your DC/DC converter.
Good luck with your project!

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