Electric Samba Project: The eSamba Attempts A 266 Mile Trip – Video


Can a mixed bag of re-purposed electric vehicle and laptop batteries, fitted into a Volkswagen Samba on a budget, make a 266 mile trip?  That is the question of the day in the latest “Electric Samba Project” Video.

Volkswagen eSamba And Friend

Volkswagen eSamba And Friend

Jehu Garcia describes the journey (and destination) as follows:

“In this long awaited episode, we struggle with internal battles about whether we can claim success as we tackle the 266 miles trip to this years (2015) Buses by Bridge event in Lake Havasu, Arizona earlier in the year. We also take a closer look at some of the activities of this yearly tradition, which include a chili cook-off contest, as well as a corn hole tournament which competition is stiff for every year, and of course the hot air balloons that fill the skies during the weekend.”

As always the video journey we are taken on is first class.

Check out more episodes of the eSamba getting to this point here.

Category: GeneralVW


8 responses to "Electric Samba Project: The eSamba Attempts A 266 Mile Trip – Video"
  1. Joshua Burstyn says:

    Stiff competition for the cornhole contest? Lol.

  2. Bill Howland says:

    Very interesting project, JEHU.

    I always thought the old 6 volt VW microbus would make an excellent conversion candidate, in fact, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, a person whose day job is a VW mechanic took a Microbus with a blown engine, and like yourself put a DC brushed motor in with a 50 kwh battery.

    I assume you usually charge at roughly 30 amps AC.

  3. Bill Howland says:

    Oh I now see it would be 22-24 amps depending on the model selected.

  4. Martin T says:

    Excellent way to make an old bus reliable.

    Sooth drive.

    1. Foo says:

      Almost all EVs have sooth drive.

  5. Anon says:

    Great DIY VW EV Bus documentary. Really enjoyed it. 🙂

  6. Rick Danger says:

    Hey, Jehu, saw a video of you and Samba last year, glad to see you stuck with it and got it finished!

  7. Luke Brechtelsbauer says:

    Hey this looks familiar! I did a similar trip in my 1980 electravan… I have a not so polished blog at electravanroadtrip.wordpress.com