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.

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 jovan March 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

How much do you estimate it costs you to charge this vehicle from home?

2 admin March 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

It’s very inexpensive. About 2 cents per mile.

3 Kevin May 2, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Can I order over the phone?

4 BenN May 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

UPDATE: We now CAN take orders over the phone! If you need this, leave a comment for me on this page and we can arrange for an over-the-phone payment.

5 Franklin boakye June 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hi ben i want to purchase ur product but ghana is not on the country list so how do i purchase…

6 Ben N June 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Just click the “BUY NOW” button. I do not have any “country list” – I’m happy to sell to anybody anywhere in the world. Just press buy now, and enter your name and address information into the PayPal processing. If for whatever reason you can not or do not want to use Paypal, you can alternatively mail me a check.

7 Naveen June 29, 2012 at 4:31 am

Can you ship one of your DVD’s to india if i order?

8 admin June 29, 2012 at 7:37 am

Yes, we will ship to India.

9 Michael July 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

Good job man. Have you done any work with a sterling engine to convert the wasted heat into electricity to aid in the charging of the batteries. or even run the other eletronics

10 admin July 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

I have NOT worked with Sterling engines.
There really ISN’T any waste heat in the electric car. The motor really doesn’t get warm at all, and the motor controller doesn’t even have heat sync fins on it. It’s amazing how little waste there is in the overall system.

11 Mike August 4, 2012 at 7:28 am

Hi, I bought your DVD I have watched it about a dozen times. Great DVD! What kind of batteries do you have? How many? What is your range? I have decided to turn my 1989 tercel into electric. I would like to get about 50 miles. My plan is to buy a good motor and pot box; make my own controller, adapter plate, cables etc…

12 Ben Everard September 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

Hi Ben, great work on the conversion projects.

Quick question, is it easier to convert a rear wheel driver car or a front wheel drive car? Over in the UK most of our cars are front wheel driven, I’d suspect you’d need to power via the gearbox… is that correct?

Any ideas about offering the DVD as a paid digital download?

Cheers,
Ben

13 Ben N September 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

It’s not really any easier to convert rear vs. front-wheel drive cars. One advantage of rear-wheel is that you have more space. With a front-wheel drive car, there’s just more equipment crammed under the hood, making it a tighter space to work. Front-wheel drive typically has the engine mounted transverse, which can limit the diameter of the drive motor. In my Electric Geo Metro conversion, I used the physically largest motor that I could fit in there, without hitting the front passenger-side half-shaft.

On a rear-wheel drive vehicle, you tend to have move space to work, and can install a larger motor.

In general, an electric motor almost always takes the place of the original engine on the transmission or gearbox.

Right now, DVD is the best way to offer my instructional electric car and motorcycle videos out to everybody in the world. Other formats are either not as common or standardized, or have issues with copyright protection, data rates, and file sizes.

For quick and easy access to some good starting information on EV conversions, check out my YouTube Channel!

14 Bob September 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Ben

I saw the hybrid videos on youtube. Would you be so kind and explain to me what is the “on demand regulator” the generator is hook up to. Is this the propane regulator?

This is the way I understand it

1. Your propane is hook up to the rv generator using an ondemand regulator for the propane.
2. The generator is hook up to an analog battery charger.
3. The battery charger is hook up to the battery pack.

Since the generator does not produce enough energy to supply your current demand you are only able to extender your distance.

Is this correct?

Can you please tell me the manufacturer of the charger you are using in this layout

I started my ev conversion, just finish purchasing from paul the revolt controller. I have your DVDs. Electrical parts are on the way in.

15 Ben N September 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Yes, Bob, you are pretty much dead on.
Yes, the “on-demand-regulator” is a propane regulator, but it doesn’t control propane pressure – it’s more like a reed valve that allows the propane to flow, as long as there is vacuum from the engine. It’s sort of a combination safety device/regulator.
Everything else you have said here is correct. The charger was a K&W BC-20. It’s an older analog charger. I have since decided that I would prefer to run the Metro as a dedicated electric car. Saves space and noise not carrying that generator. If I had a more powerful generator, it WOULD push the car down the road continuously – that’s really all a Chevy Volt is.

I am starting a new hybrid project, which will keep the internal combustion engine under the hood, where it belongs, and add an additional electric motor. See that on my “SuperTruck” page.
http://300mpg.org/projects/supertruck/

16 deb September 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Great !!! I want to build an electric car but would like to do it with someone so we can split the cost and put in what we know about cars together. Will order the DVDs.

Thanks

17 satriyo utomo September 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

hi ben,
i’m from indonesia.
how do ordering without using paypal?

18 admin October 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

Paypal is the only electronic form of payment I am taking right now. You could also mail a check or money order. For somebody overseas, you could contact me directly, and I could take a credit card over the phone. I have Paypal’s “PayPal Here” card reader for smart phone. I could do an order over the phone and manually punch in Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover cards.

19 Doc. Whitaker November 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Hey Ben:

Is a forklift CROWN DC MOTOR, 36-48 volts, 8″ round be a good motor or do I need something bigger?

Doc.

20 Ben N November 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Probably be fine for a small car. Is it nice and heavy?
There’s a great thread on DIY Electric car with some comments from Jim Husted and others. It should help you decide if the motor will work for your project or not.
http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/showthread.php/using-forklift-motor-and-choosing-good-7598.html

21 KIPLANGAT BII December 18, 2012 at 2:33 am

am in kenya n i want to purchase ua products

22 admin December 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

We ship anywhere in the world. Click the “BUY NOW” button to place your order.

23 Mark January 3, 2013 at 5:16 am

Hi Ben,
Enjoyed your video. I am at the planning stage in the conversion of an old Land Rover similar to what Adventure EV (http://adventure-ev.com/) did but I am toying with the options on drives. I am leaning towards a DC motor using P&S DIY controller but I am wondering about hill climbs which gets me thinking about an AC motor. How does you car handle hills? The roads where I live are best described as “rolling”.

Mark

24 Ben N January 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

If you are in a hilly area, you want as high of a system voltage as you can get. Going up long, sustained hills will take more power than just about anything else. Power is your voltage times your amperage. By using a higher-voltage system, you minimize the number of amps needed to do the same amount of work. Remember, your motor can only pull so many amps, your batteries can only put out so many amps, more amps means more heat, and you need thicker cables for higher amperage.

In general, the only down-side to higher amperage is that motor controllers, chargers, etc. tend to cost more. A car running at 144V with an Open Revolt motor controller should be a fair combination of power and affordability.

25 Sam January 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

In addition to cars India has millions of 3 wheelers used as publi transport. I would like to eonvert one of them and see it run in busy streets of Bangalore. It will be a life changer for the poor 3 wheeler drivers.

26 Martin Risby April 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hey I love how cheesy you made that commercial I think it really worked and can’t wait to order a DVD off you. Thanks

27 Rick September 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

is there a way to order motherboards and the parts list for the 500 Amp DC Motor Controller or 1000 amp thankyou.

28 BenN September 3, 2013 at 8:58 am
29 Antonios September 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

I understand that from that time to date many changes have ocurre in the e-car world.

Are you planning on an update or an additional video introducing the new stuff?…

30 BenN September 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

Frankly, EVs have NOT changed much in the last 100 years! The basics of how they work are still exactly the same. Two things that ARE different now are the lower cost of the lithium batteries and the wide availability of commercially-built electric cars.

That means that it’s easier for a home-built electric car to go farther (at less cost than before) and that people who weren’t interested in BUILDING an electric car can just go buy one.

I may be doing an update soon on the the electric motorcycle video, as I have two friends projects that are pretty high-end lithium electric motorcycles.

31 Tom de Beer December 10, 2013 at 5:18 am

where do you find the parts that you need to build one. but other wise it is awesome

32 admin December 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

There are LOTS of places you can mail-order EV components from. A good short-list of vendors is on the Electric Auto Association page under EVs for Sale – scroll down to “EV Converters, repairs, & kit or component suppliers”
http://www.electricauto.org/?page=EVsForSale

33 Jonathon Vince December 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I am starting an electric car project. I have found a 93 geo with a broke timing belt so the motor is gone. I am however going to try to use a battery pack out of a nissan leaf but I have not decided on a motor yet. I have a rather large budget so this is primarily for fun.

34 Marcelo Mariduena May 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Will the conversion go smoothly on a Nissan Altima 2012? I have cruise control on the car. Will the conversion work with cruise control? Thanks you :) oh also, if I wanted to attach solar panels to the top hood, would it be possible to connect the panels to the battery for the car to charge itself while out in the sun?

35 Ben May 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

Hi Marcelo! I have no idea how smooth a conversion of a Nissan Altima would go, as I’ve never converted one. Most conversions in general go about the same unless there is something really unusual about the particular make and model you want to convert. You might want to take a look at other Nissans people have converted to get a better sense of it. Take a look at Nissans on the EV ALBUM.

Cruise control is typically NOT something supported by regular motor controllers, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it is now available on some high-end ones. My friend Tom, who built an AC Dodge Neon used an industrial AC motor controller, and I think his DOES support cruise control, although not through the little stick on the steering wheel.

Lastly, solar is a GREAT way to charge electric cars, but it’s best on the roof of your house or garage. Panels are still large and bulky for the relative amount of energy you get out of them. If it was a good/practical/affordable way to go right now, we would see Nissan Leafs COVERED with solar panels! Don’t get me wrong, you CAN charge an electric car out in the sun with on-board solar, it just doesn’t make sense to for most people right now.

36 Stefan June 29, 2014 at 8:21 am

Hi,
is it possible to send the DVD´s (car and motorcycle) to germany, too?

It will be great!!!

Thank´s
Stefan

37 Ben N June 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

Hi Stefan. Yes, we ship internationally, including to Germany.

38 carlos July 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

¿do you have a INTERNET FILE whit contains 2 cd?

39 admin July 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

This product is only available as a DVD. You can get some of the information from my various YouTube videos, but the DVD contains a far larger amount of data than is reasonable for anyone to download.

40 Jeff August 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Hi Ben,
Have you done any work on Dodge vehicles? I want an EV/Hybrid but the options available out there right now aren’t much for someone who requires space. I have a 6yr old who plays hockey and a 3yr old who is following in his footsteps.
Thanks, Jeff

41 admin August 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I haven’t specifically converted Dodges to electric. (My friend Tom, did convert a Neon though…) For larger vehicles, people HAVE converted vans and minivans! http://www.evalbum.com/type/VANS
Part of what’s so great about what Tesla did with the Model S is that it’s a LARGE car. It has a trunk in both front and back. Now, I’m not saying it’s in your price range (it isn’t in mine!) but it’s neat to see that extra room and cargo space ARE on the radar with at least one electric car company!

42 Yodahe September 14, 2014 at 4:41 am

Dear Ben,
I had some nube questions on how to build my EV, the answer to most of which I found in this page. My car’s engine was in the front but is a rear wheel driven car, hence, at first I thought of bypassing the gearbox and transmission and fix the electric motor right on to the back wheel. It would be weight-savvy and less energy loss in the transmission. But then again I would be faced with a lot more work with regards to speed control and what not.
Another doubt I’m having, as my area/country is very hilly, is which controller is best suited to take energy back from the elec. motor when I am going downhill (i.e. when I am not hitting the ‘gas’ and the car is still moving). I have seen that bit of technology installed on an electric scooter, i.e., the scooter’s motor acts as a generator when it is going downhill, i.e., the vehicle’s inertia is not lost…and it adds to a great mileage.
A third doubt I am having with my car is the weight issue (at 740kgs = 1600pounds) would it be too heavy?

43 Archer October 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I want to convert a 1979 Datsun 280Z. The engine is mounted between the front and back wheels, and I think an electric engine will allow for plenty of extra room. I believe that there is enough room up there for even the batteries.

44 Tracker November 13, 2014 at 12:25 am

I have a question related to charging the vehicle while it is going down the road. One possibility that I could think of would be to use a diesel generator making this a hybred that could run on inexpensive biofuel.

Another possibility would be to use one of the PTO driven generators like those sold from Northern Tool Company and connect it to say, the four wheel drive shaft. Instead of running in four wheel drive, it turns a generator which in turn charges the battery bank.

Have you guys done anything like this?

45 Ben N. November 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

Hi Tracker,
I did run my electric Geo Metro for a while as a hybrid. Visit http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Plug-In-Hybrid-Car/ for the full write-up on that. Also, plenty of guys with electric pickup trucks have thrown generators in the back for longer trips, although that usually required pulling over and just charging while parked for a while. I also know of a Hybrid Fiero, where the builder kept the gas engine on the real wheels and added an electric front-wheel drive system on the other two wheels. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and I’d like to keep seeing more DIY Hybrids!
-Ben N

46 Antti November 14, 2014 at 8:52 am

Dose this dvd work on region 2(Europe) or only in region1 (usa/canada)

47 admin November 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

The DVDs are coded to playback in all regions.

48 John Ingram November 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Ben,
I’d like to purchase “Build Your Own Electric Car” over the phone with a credit card. Please let me know how to do this.
JI

49 Ben N. November 30, 2014 at 9:21 am

Hi John, I’ll send you a phone number for you to place your order at.
-Ben

50 mike January 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm

i want to convert my car but what i could find is how fast does your car go. like if i want to go from my town to another. distance 200 km , speed 100 km. is it possible. and how much did your car cost to convert . thankx alot

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