Category Archives: Electric Vehicles

Sandy Does a Walkthrough of How Seat Works in the Mach-E

Sandy Does a Walkthrough of the Mach-E Seats

Sandy Does a Walkthrough of How Seat Works in the Mach-E

Sandy takes us on a walkthrough of what you can expect to find in a seat, in particular, one of the Mach-E seats.

From hog rings to the controls of a 6-way seat with 2 lumbar controls (or an 8-way seat if you are Ford), the viewer will learn the basics of what is inside a seat, how seats are assembled, and the controls and structures.

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Munro Does A Teardown Analysis Of The Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Motor

Sandy Tearsdown the Volkswagen ID.4

Munro Does A Teardown Analysis Of The Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Motor

As Sandy points out at the beginning of this video, it is basically unheard of that a company would give us one of their products and permission to teardown and analyze it on our show.  Most of the time Munro performs teardowns for companies in private with the data owned exclusively by them, or we choose to teardown a vehicle or product independently in order to sell the information to anyone if we think the technology is interesting or unique.  But in this case, Volkswagen has given us permission to walkthrough the process of tearing down their ID.4 Motor on Munro Live.

VW modular concept design regarding the electric motor, housing, bearing shield, inverter and gearbox, allows them to take the ID.4 motor and stick in pretty much any suspensions system to adapt the motor to a variety of vehicles in their fleet.  Most likely this choice is made so that they have agility to convert other non electric vehicles to electric in the future.  This is a very smart business choice and shows that VW has a keen eye for thinking about their global market reach and creating flexibility.

Sandy points out comparisons with Telsa and other motors we have studies, but the real focus is on pretty much every single aspect of the ID.4 motor itself.  If you have ever wanted to know anything about the ID.4 Motor, this 30+ minute video probably covers it, with the exception of cost and certain performance data.

For a very illuminating video that is sure to please a VW fan or EV enthusiast alike, watch the video below:

Spring Cleaning At Munro: Sandy Gives a Farewell Address To Our Chevy Bolt

Saying Goodbye to the Chevy Bolt

Spring Cleaning At Munro: Sandy Gives a Farewell Address To Our Chevy Bolt

It’s recycling and scrapping time at Munro & Associates in order for our space to be cleared to make room for new vehicle and other product teardowns.  It’s not just our Chevy Bolt from 2017 going into the scrap bin but several other products that are hanging on our A-frames. From medical devices to white goods, Munro is full swing into spring cleaning.

Sandy gives a soliloquy about the purpose the Chevy Bolt teardown served and some of our findings from that vehicle teardown.

To catch some last glimpses of the car and final insights, watch out video below:

Munro & Associates, TechInsights, and Strategy Analytics Present On Semi-Conductor Industry June 15th and 17th

EV Technologies Webinar Promo Photo

Munro & Associates, TechInsights, and Strategy Analytics Present On Semi-Conductor Industry June 15th and 17th

Munro & Associates is teaming up with TechInsights and Strategy Analytics for a joint webinar on the current state of the semi-conductor industry.  Each team will be presenting on their respective expertise with Strategy Analytics speaking about the forecast for light duty EV vehicles, including infrastructure, legislation, market demand, and incentives, as well as the future of microchips and power electronics including who they think will be winners or losers in this dynamic market.

TechInsights will open up their store of information from their teardowns of the leading silicon carbide MOSFET technologies they have seen and where they think the application of different chip materials (Si, SiC, and GaN) will best fit as well as where major producers stand with respect to quality and reliability.

Finally, Munro will present on several of the Inverters they have studied in their Inverter Benchmarking and Cost Study including including the Tesla Model 3 and Y, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Nissan Leaf.  Munro will be comparing the different applications of Si and SiC in the I-Pace, Leaf, and Teslas respectively including infrastructure and practical findings.  If you are potentially interested in purchasing our inverter report, this webinar should wet your appetite for more and give an insight into what’s in the inverter reports.

The webinar will be taking place June 15, 2021: 3pm – 4:30pm UTC for our Western audience and June 17, 2021: 6am – 7:30am UTC for our Asian/eastern audience.

To sign up for the webinar, visit the page below:

https://w2.techinsights.com/l/4202/2021-05-26/2l53fb

 

 

Sandy Munro Sits Down With David Lee On Tesla Disrupting the Auto Industry

David Lee On Investing With Sandy Munro

Sandy Munro Sits Down With David Lee On Tesla Disrupting the Auto Industry

In this episode of David Lee On Investing, Sandy has a chance to talk in-depth on his experiences with Tesla and Elon Musk in particular.

The Interview starts off by talking about how Sandy and Cory got a chance to speak directly with Elon Musk at SpaceX in Boca Chica Texas.  Sandy explains the process behind getting the interview as well as the ensuing design review that Sandy was asked to participate in talking about improvements on to be made on the rockets at SpaceX.

The interview covers Sandy’s impressions on Tesla, Elon, the direction of the automotive industry, especially electric vehicles as well as some surprises that may come up.

Check out this great interview by clicking below:

Polestar 2 Wrap Up With Sean Mitchell

Polestar 2 Wrap Up With Sean Mitchell and Sandy Munro

Polestar 2 Wrap Up With Sean Mitchell

In this long format interview with Sean Mitchell, Sandy and Sean give their final thoughts on the 2021 Polestar 2.  Fans of both channels will enjoy this sit down chat.

A fair amount of the video goes into issues with 12 Volt batteries and the use in EV’s, specifically issues encountered in the Polestar 2.

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Sandy Gives His First Impressions On The New Electric F-150 Lightning

Sandy Give First Impressions On Electric F-150 Lightning

Sandy Gives His First Impressions On The New Electric F150 Lightning

Sandy starts off his review discussing Munro’s comparison last year of the RAM, F-150, and Silverado.  Although these were ICE vehicles, there are, of course, similarities in the new electric F-150.

Sandy’s pick of model, after looking over a ton of information sent over from Ford, is definitely the Platinum.

Sandy discusses range, batteries, bedsize, performance and everything a consumer should really listen for be interested in.  But to get the full show, watch the clip below:

 

2021 Polestar 2: Ep2 – Sandy Looks Under The Hood

Polstar 2 Sandy Munro Ep 2 under the hood

2021 Polestar 2: Ep2 – Sandy Looks Under The Hood

In the second episode on the 2021 Polestar 2, Sandy has a look under the “bonnet” of the car to have a look at the fuse box.  In the Polestar you find a conventional fuse box build with replaceable fuses.   Sandy compares this to the Tesla vehicles that instead has fuses that can be turned back OTA (over-the-air program).

Sandy goes on to discuss the pluses and minuses of having a double latch for the hood and how that can affect space for the cooling module.  Upon further exploration, Sandy finds one of his favorite fasteners, especially because it came out of one of Sandy’s Lean Design workshops year ago.  Beyond that though, this fastener is strong, versatile, and can be removed and put back on indefinitely.

Sandy goes on to explain why the hood is shaped the way that it is for collisions and finds another one of his favorite fasteners the self-piercing rivet.

Sandy points out other things that he likes under the hood, but for that you will have to watch the video below:

Sandy Shares His First Impressions On the 2021 Import Polestar 2 Ep1

Polstar 2 Sandy Munro Ep 1

Sandy Shares His First Impressions On the 2021 Import Polestar 2 Ep1

Diverging off the beaten path, Sandy has a look at an imported Polestar 2, which Sandy admits he didn’t even realize was something you could find in the USA.

Right away though, Sandy is impressed with the fit finish and quality of the car, remarking the the gaps are perfect.  The viewers may be shocked to hear that Sandy has a lot of praise for the new Chinese-made vehicles.  Munro has been working with Chinese companies for years and over roughly a decade, we have watched Chinese car manufacturers go from… hmm… questionable quality to superb builds from certain manufacturers – and this car seems to be in that league of excellence.  Now, of course, this car is made under the Volvo brand which is known for safety and quality and it definitely shines through on this car.

From the seating and feel of the wheel, placement of the navigation and some wonderful finds in the trunk Sandy finds a lot to remark positively about.  It isn’t all perfect though, Sandy finds a bunch of quicky things to comment on, like mirrors that are perhaps too small, and a hidden cup holder, but overall it is an impressive first look at the vehicle.  watch the full episode below and be sure to follow this series for Sandy’s insights on the rest of the car.