EVTV Spins Tesla Model S P85 Motor With CAN Commands, Will Soon Offer Tesla Electric Motors For DIY Builds – Video

JUL 10 2015 BY TDILLARD 22

As Domenick Yoney at Autoblog points out, watching EVTV demands, at the very least, patience.  And lots of time.  You’ve no doubt heard about them spinning up a Tesla motor, and here, we bring you the version of the video with the “cut to the chase” all cued up for you.  At 58:19.  Wait.  No.  To see the thing spin up, you have to move another 20 minutes into it – to 1:22:50 or so.

You’re welcome.

Judging from the splice of the Andromeda EVIC promo video, we’re going to guess that’s what they’re using, unless they just needed to make the video, you know, longer.  We talked about that system here.

Seriously, however, to quote the Autoblog story, this sounds like fun:

With this victory, Rickard tells AutoblogGreen that he expects to see Tesla motors and inverters finding new homes within the chassis of custom EVs within months. In fact, EVTV intends to get the band wagon rolling with a second drivetrain it acquired for that very purpose.

Be sure to wander over for more detail of Yoney’s discussion with the inimitable Jack Rickard, here.

Categories: Tesla

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

22 Comments on "EVTV Spins Tesla Model S P85 Motor With CAN Commands, Will Soon Offer Tesla Electric Motors For DIY Builds – Video"

newest oldest most voted

What will be the price of that motor/inverter combination? And how will they buy those?

I’d imaging from salvage yards.

“watching EVTV demands, at the very least, patience”
And a lot of tolerance when this Rickard guy uses his show about EVs to state his conservative opinion about political issues or when he cuts a catholic society spot about how you should vote at the end of his show…

From what I’ve been hearing and first saw on one of Jehu Garcia’s most recent eSamba vids, the guy in the suspenders (if that’s Rickard) just ends up swearing his name and the fact that he’s Mexican.

At the least, I wasn’t too comfortable about that, or seeing an EVVT post.

You have to take Jack warts and all. I couldn’t agree more with him on anything EV-related, and he’s got more engineering knowledge in his little finger than many people graduate with getting a four year EE degree. But, I’ve seen him take both positions on climate change, and he does seem to have a knack for blaming everything bad on Obama, somehow.

That’s something that had always struck me about EV’s: you can be in favor of them for one of several reasons, energy security, economics or environment, and if you don’t use one reason, you can use another. In the end, EV lovers all end up pulling in the same direction.

Insomnia cured. Turn your iPhone or smart TV to his ‘show’.

He does do some really cool things though. His vid about how a J1772 works is pretty technical. Other vids about batteries, motors, and builds are pretty good (but long) as well.

Tesla is, or will be, selling its motors to hobbyists?

That’s news to me!

* * * * *

The article says: “You’ve no doubt heard about them spinning up a Tesla motor…”

Reminds me of a scene from Star Wars:

HAN SOLO: You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?

OBI-WAN KENOBI: Should I have?


Sadly, they’re turning up in salvage yards.

Rickard sells stuff – parts, conversion kits, test equipment and so on. Caveat Emptor.

My Adobe flash plug-in usually gives up long before the host stops yammering about his personal life, political preferences and/or proper religion.

recording can bus data and playing it back to get a motor to turn is a long way from being ready to drop into a project car

But, it’s a critical step no one else has taken.

You can buy motors directly from many suppliers and also various inverters and controllers. Doesn’t Tesla buy motors from a Taiwanese firm and build up the drive unit in Fremont? Just go get conversion kits from established companies already offering them.

A general Google search failed, but I did finally find a comment from Dec. 2014 on the TeslaMotorsClub.com forum addressing the question:

“The motors are made in Fremont. They were made in Taiwan at one point but not anymore. Tesla had to increase their US content of their vehicles to qualify for the loan with the Department of Energy and at that point they moved motor manufacturing in house. This also happens to be shown on the window sticker, it says where the motor was assembled.”

I can’t state for certainty that this is true, but I can say that I saw an episode of the documentary series “How It’s Made” about the Model S, and they showed a Tesla employee installing motor windings by hand, in Tesla’s Fremont plant. So I have no reason to doubt what’s in the post quoted above.


Yes, Tesla do make their motors ‘in house’. There are videos showing the windings being spun by CNC machines followed by some amount of hand assembly.

I thought it was the Roadster motor that was made in Taiwan and then was switched to the US. I don’t remember the Model S motor ever being made in Taiwan.

If Tesla had to move motor manufacture in-house to qualify for the DOE loan, then that would have been before the Model S went into production. The loan dates to January 2010 (link below). Tesla needed the DOE loan to tool up production to build the Model S, and IIRC Model S sales started in 2012.


Now, the odd thing is that I seem to remember seeing a random Internet post claiming that the the new, smaller motors used in the front of “D” dual drive Model S’s were outsourced. But I’m guessing that’s wrong, as I find absolutely nothing about that on either the TeslaMotorsClub.com or TeslaMotors.com forums. Shockingly, it seems you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. 😉

Considering Tesla won’t touch my RAV4EV, don’t bet on them selling to private buyers.

There must be heaps of perfectly good drive units available from wrecked vehicles by now.

I found an alarming amount of his information wrong and distorted.

Sooooo unprofessional. 😛

The comment section for any evtv episode is like a magnet for complaints from internet pussies. All the jackwads that never actually *do* anything are confronted with a show where people actually *do* something.

It’s real and faults are exposed. In the real world, if you want to get anything done, you accept faults (don’t go into meltdown) and keep moving towards a goal.