Category Archives: Electric Vehicles

Alex Guberman from E for Electric shares his thoughts on the ID.4 Ep. 6

Alex from E for Electric Episode 6 VW ID4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E6 – Wrap Up with Alex Guberman

In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy turns the tables and interviews Alex Guberman from E for Electric on his thoughts and experiences with the ID.4 which he will be receiving soon.

This video starts off with Alex explaining he just slept on the floor of his newly purchased house in Las Vegas which doesn’t have any furniture yet.

Alex has just recently moved on from driving a Tesla for many years, but admits that owning a luxury Tesla is expensive.  This is the main reason he bought the Volkswagen ID.4 which comes in at about $30,000 USD and he feels that the ID.4 is best for that price range.

Want to know all of Alex’s and Sandy’s thoughts and research on the car?  Well you will just have to watch the episode:

Sandy Gives His Very Honest Opinion of Electrify America Charging Stations and the VW ID.4 – E4

VW ID4 Episode 4 Electrify America Charging

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E4 – Charging Station

In this hilarious episode, Sandy encounters some of the frustrations you can experience at one of the Electrify America charging stations with the VW ID.4.

As this is very much a video-only experience, we won’t recount what happens, but after that Sandy discusses his views on the multiple proprietary plug situation at charging stations and reveals that a tech installing one of these charging stations says that it takes twice as long to install an Electrify America station as it does a Tesla.

Very interesting stuff, but if you want to get the full experience, you have to watch the video by clicking below:

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E3 – Hoist Review, Front and Rear Suspension

2021 Volkswagen ID 4 E3 - Hoist Review Front and Rear Suspension

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E3 – Hoist Review, Front and Rear Suspension

In this episode of Munro Live Sandy conducts a hoist review and has a look under the car examining it’s structure, suspension, as well as brakes and other exposed/visible parts from underneath the vehicle.

First Sandy removes the aeroshields so that he can inspect the underbelly of the car.  Sandy remarks that he finds, ” there are cross car beams all over the place,” and is a little surprised at the over engineering displayed here.  That being said, perhaps this plays into VW long history of making very safe vehicles, but it seems a bit much to Sandy’s keen eye.   Sandy, being the father of the Lean Design methodology, always teaches that part reduction and design simplification is best when creating a product, especially a new vehicle platform.

Moving on to the suspension, Sandy finds a coil spring over a shock absorber with a stabilizer.  This would be the general configuration of a more economy-priced vehicle. Sandy points out that this is in contrast to what you would find in a higher end vehicle such as a BMW or what we found on the Tesla cars we have torn down.

Sandy goes on to show of the steering mechanism/box, he explains why European cars all have pass-by shrouds, why the rear wheels have drum brakes, and much more.  To get the full Sandy analysis, you have to click below to watch the full episode.

 

Sandy Shares His First Impressions of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Episode 1

VW ID4 Episode 1

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E1 – First Impressions

This first episode in the series where Munro analyzes the Volkswagen ID.4, Sandy gives his first impression on what he sees when viewing the exterior and interior of the car.  Also, it should be noted that this is the rear-wheel drive version of the ID.4.

Sandy starts off with a walk around the vehicle giving his impressions on the wheel choice, fit, finish, and quality, and the overall look of the vehicle.

Sandy then moves on to the interior where he discusses the seats, stearing wheel, infotainment system, and more.  There is a slight mishap where Sandy also get locked in the back seat because the child locks are on; this also causes him to reveal his true feelings about child locks.

After that Sandy Looks at the trunk and gives his final impressions.  To watch this episode, click below:

Sandy Has An In-Depth Discussion With The CEO of Faraday Future Carsten Breitfeld

Sandy Munro and CEO of Faraday Future Carsten Breitfeld

Sandy Has An In-Depth Discussion With The CEO of Faraday Future Carsten Breitfeld

In this podcast style interview, Sandy has the chance to sit down with Carsten Breitfeld the CEO of Faraday Future to talk at length about Faraday and its vision for the future.

In this episode, Carsten talks about his past at BMW and Byton, Faraday’s position in the EV market and where they see the company going in the future including performance information of the FF91, Sandy’s tour of their facilities and his personal experience with the FF91 including it’s luxurious interior and creature comforts including the Third Internet Living Space, Faraday’s battery system, and other technologies within the car such as it’s connectivity advantages and OTA.

The conversation moves on to how Faraday is looking to maximize it’s customer’s experience and how they plan to go about doing that including changing paradigms of how people could view customer ownership of such vehicles.  Carsten also talks about future technologies it is looking to provide to the market through it’s vehicles and VTOLS.

Lastly, the conversation shifts to Faraday’s product launch and funding and SPAC.

If you are interested in learning more about Faraday in a conversational and relaxed manner, this is the episode for you!  Click below to watch now!

2021 Tesla Model 3: E5 – Rear Body Review / Megacastings?

2021 Tesla Model 3 E5 Rear Body Review Megacastings

2021 Tesla Model 3: E5 – Rear Body Review / Megacastings?

In Episode 5 of the Tesla Model 3 teardown, Sandy examines the Rear Body and speaks about the changes with the Megacastings.

This episode goes into detail about changes made to the new generation of the Model 3, that might not be an improvement.  More importantly Sandy details several reasons why perhaps the design of the body, especially behind the rear wheels is creating the gap issues that keep creeping up on the fit and finish of these cars.

Finally, Sandy talks about some interesting findings regarding the megacastings.  But to find out more, you will just have to watch the episode.  Click here:

 

2021 Tesla Model 3: E3 – Sandy Learns How to Close Frunk / Ride & Drive

Sandy VS Frunk on Tesla M3

2021 Tesla Model 3: E3 – Sandy Learns How to Close Frunk / Ride & Drive

In episode 3 of Munro’s analysis of the new Tesla Model 3, Sandy examines the “Frunk” as well as gives some preliminary perspective on the ride and drive experience.

So… you have the frunk vs. Sandy for a good couple of minutes without any satisfactory resolution.  This is one aspect of the Tesla 3 that Sandy absolutely hates.  It doesn’t lock closed consistently and this is purely an engineering flaw and not a manufacturing error, which are the kinds of failures that Sandy absolutely detests the most.  Problems like this shouldn’t exist because they should be eliminated in the design or redesign phase.  Although having the frunk is a great idea and use of space, not having a consistently locking cover is not only annoying but will maybe also lead to some weather damaging the items you place in that compartment.

Moving on though, once Sandy begins to drive the car, he is happy with the experience.  Even on a usually rough road, such as the industrial road that Munro & Associates is located on, the car gives a very comfortable experience.  Sandy goes on to remark about wind noise and the upgrade in the windows.  Sandy goes on to remark the smoothness of acceleration and the overall feel that reminds him of a racecar/luxury car.

At the end we get a little story about Mercury cars, but you will have to watch to find out.  Click below to watch:

 

Munro Gets a New Tesla Model 3 to Analyze!

Sandy first look at the new Tesla Model 3

Munro Gets a New Tesla Model 3 to Analyze!

Surprise!  We listened to what you wanted to see next and the vote’s in… so you get another look into the new and improved Tesla Model 3.

While we haven’t started tearing it apart just yet, in this video Sandy gives his first impressions on the vehicle.  Unfortunately, Sandy’s first finding regarding the fit and finish is still, well… unfavorable.  Uneven gaps still abound on the outside, but Sandy is impressed with the paint job and the interiors.

Sandy goes on to talk about where we will go with the car from here.  But spoiler alert, Sandy is planning to take it on a road trip first before the teardown, so stay tuned to watch how this all progresses.

Aptera Interview: Everything You Want to Know About This Ground-Breaking Vehicle

Aptera Interview With Sandy Munro

Aptera Interview: Everything You Want to Know About This Ground-Breaking Vehicle

Sandy sits down for a video conference meeting with the creators and Co-CEO’s of Aptera, Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro.

Sandy starts off by complimenting the founders on the esthetics of this new generation of vehicle design.  From there Sandy quickly gets into the meat of this vehicle including discussions on it’s solar charging capabilities including different climates/latitudes, the ability to charge the vehicle using just a regular 110V plug, performance, aerodynamics, skin cooling, and other cool tech, as well as there new manufacturing center upgrade and how to get involved with crowdfunding the car including discounts and incentives.

If you want to get a great sense of how this little gem of engineering works then I would highly suggest watching the full video here:

The Bricklin 3EV – Malcolm Bricklin Interview Part 1

Sandy Munro and Malcom Bricklin Part 1

The Bricklin 3EV – Malcolm Bricklin Interview Part 1

Sandy Munro and Malcolm Bricklin go head to head and talk about the upcoming Visionary Vehicles product the Bricklin 3EV.

Malcolm talks about how he went from a car design, distilled it down to a bicycle, and then came back up to a three-wheeler.  This includes getting Dan Panoz to design a car that is esthetically beautiful like a Lamborghini yet safe and affordable.

From Visionary Vehicles business model, to safety, and production information – including that the car will be assembled by veterans, this is an episode that you do not want to miss.  Click here to watch the full video: