Category Archives: Electric Vehicles

Model Y Series: Episode 34: Autopilot, Acceleration & Turns on Rails in Second Model Y

Model Y Series: Episode 34: Autopilot, Acceleration & Turns on Rails in Second Model Y

Episode 34: Autopilot, Acceleration & Turns on Rails in Second Model Y

Welcome to episode 34 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro takes advantage of the nice Michigan weather and takes a look at the second Model Y.

As part of the dynamic portion of a Fit, Finish, and Quality (FFQ) audit, Sandy takes the Model Y for a ride. From the ride and acceleration to the autopilot and functionality, Sandy describes what he likes, how it compares to other vehicles, and shares a few stories along the way.

Check out the full details here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store.  Also, you can find the Uberturbine cocktail table, which is available here.

Model Y Series: Episode 33: Breakdown of the Body-in-White

Model Y E33: Sparks Fly for a Breakdown of the Body-in-White

Episode 33: Breakdown of the Body-in-White

We’re at episode 33 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro discusses the body-in-white (BIW) as it starts to be dismantled.

This episode starts off with sparks, as a Munro engineer begins breaking down the BIW using an air arc.

Sandy then walks us through the design of the Model Y and what has to happen when designing the body for manufacturability and functionality. He takes a look at welding strategies, panel shingling and structural doublers and more.

Check out the full details here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store.  Also, you can find the Uberturbine cocktail table, which is now available here.

Model Y Series: Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Model Y Series: Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Welcome back to episode 32 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro compares three major types of high voltage (HV) batteries.

To start, while we wait for our Model Y module to return from being discharged, Sandy takes a close look at the substructure of a Model 3 HV battery.

Next, Sandy walks us through the specifics of three major types of HV batteries: cylindrical; prizmatic; and pouch. He reviews the constructions available on the market today, while demonstrating the pros and cons.

Check out the full details here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, Sandy shares the Uberturbine cocktail table now available here.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store

Episode 31: Environmental Stewardship on the Exterior Trim, Door Modules & Motor Bay

Model Y E31 Environmental Stewardship on the Exterior Trim, Door Modules, and Motor Bay

Episode 31: Environmental Stewardship on the Exterior Trim, Door Modules & Motor Bay

Welcome back to episode 31 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro walks us through some of the key features Tesla has put in place to save the environment.

To start off the episode, Sandy reviews the progression of chromed and plated parts from the Model S through the Model Y, pointing out why less “bling” benefits in both reduced environmental impact and reduced cost.

As he continues, Sandy takes us through the recycling process of a door and door module, and takes a look at how and why Tesla can get away with very little paint beneath the frunk.

Check out the full details here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, the MunroLive merchandise store is live! Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store

Model Y Series: Episode 30: Advantages of Module-Built Door Construction

Model Y E30: Advantages of Module-Built Door Construction and Lessons from the Past

Episode 30: Advantages of Module-Built Door Construction

We’re at episode 30 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro discusses the Model Y’s module built door construction.

We start the segment going back to 1987 and something that almost cost Sandy his job. Sandy walks us down memory lane – with photos! – before demonstrating the advantages of Tesla’s module built door construction.

Throughout this episode, Sandy analyzes the Model Y’s aluminum door modules, including the internals of the door and summarizes topics including side impact countermeasures, manufacturability enablers and potential areas for improvement.

Check out the full details here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, the MunroLive merchandise store is live! Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store

Model Y Series: Episode 29: Body-in-White

Model Y E29: Down to the Naked Body-in-White (BIW) - Oil Canning, Roof Racks, More Insulation

Episode 29: Body-in-White  

Welcome back to episode 29 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro takes a look at the vehicle’s body-in-white (BIW).

In this episode, you will see that all of the parts have now been removed from the Model Y down to the BIW, allowing Sandy to take a look at all of the metallic parts of the vehicle that are now exposed. While you’ll notice the car is red, BIW is an industry-standard term for a vehicle in this state.

Sandy walks us through some noteworthy observations throughout the vehicle, including the: hinge pillar fastening; paint; rough welds; expanding insulation; oil canning in the floor pan; and provisions for the roof rack.

You can check out the full details here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 28: Inside the HV Battery, Refinements from the Model 3 & Airbag Demonstration

Model Y E28 Inside the High Voltage Battery, Refinements from the Model 3, and Airbag Deployment

Episode 28: Inside the HV Battery, Refinements from the Model 3 & Airbag Demonstration

In episode 28 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro demonstrates an airbag deployment and takes a look at the internals of the high voltage (HV) battery.

The episode starts off with a bang, as Sandy demonstrates the deployment of a side curtain airbag.

Next, Sandy dives into the internals of the HV battery and examines the changes that have been made since Munro’s initial teardown of the Model 3. He also shares some examples of lean design methodologies displayed within the battery pack.

You can check out the full details here and stay tuned for more on the battery in a future episode.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Finally, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Model Y Series: Episode 27: Rear Suspension, Signs of Future Air Suspension, Rear EDM Summary

Model Y E27: Rear Suspension, Signs of Air Suspension to Come, and Rear EDM Summary

Episode 27: Rear Suspension, Signs of Future Air Suspension, Rear EDM Summary

In episode 27 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro walks us through the rear suspension module and internals of the rear Electric Drive Module (EDM). Let’s dive in!

Sandy starts the episode looking at the bits and pieces of the rear module. He notes that it is a double isolated system (isolated from both the body-in-white and the motor drive system), which provides less vibration for vehicle occupants. He then points out the similarities, differences, and indicators highlighting the potential for a future air suspension variant.

After that, he analyzes the internals of the rear EDM and compares it to what he saw on the Model 3. You can check out the full details here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Finally, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Model Y Series: Episode 26: Reviews the Tow Package, Mega Castings & More

Model Y E26 Tow Package, Mega Castings Revisited, Weld Splash, Hunt for the Teslaract Cube 2

Welcome back to episode 26 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro reviews the tow package, mega castings, a not so great looking weld and hunts for the second “Teslaract” cube.

Starting off the episode, Sandy shows the connections for the trailer package, a new feature on the Model Y. This is good news for those who may want to add the option to tow later on with the connections already there.

Next, Sandy dives into a walk-through of the underside of the mega castings, sharing many of the characteristics and advantages. He also takes a look at extruded aluminum side-impact provisions in the sill, potential mounting provisions for an air suspension reservoir, and finds some welding issues.

To end the segment, Sandy goes on a hunt behind the subwoofer to see whether or not there’s a second foam stuffer cube.

You can see if he finds a second foam stuffer cube, as well as the full details of this episode here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

As many viewers have expressed interest in purchasing parts from the Model Y, Munro has listed parts for sale on its support page. You can see what parts are available, including some from the Model 3 here.

Model Y Series: Episode 25: Glass Day

Model Y E25: Glass Day at Munro

It’s glass day at Munro! In episode 25 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro walks us through the unique geometry on the windshield, potential accommodations for RHD and the differences between tempered and laminated glass. He also takes a look at the door glass. Let’s dive in!

Looking at the front glass of the Tesla Model Y, Sandy points out its interesting geometry and comments that this isn’t unique to this vehicle. It’s there for a number of reasons, including reducing noise, windshield wiper protection and design.

Looking down lower, he points out the area where the brake booster goes and shows how it’s able to be repositioned to enable both right- and left-hand driving with minimal changes.

Sandy then points out that the roof glass – which is tempered and laminated – is two pieces held together with plastic, making it ultra-strong with good protection for occupants because it will help keep them inside in a rollover accident. The corner glass and door glass are both tempered, but not laminated like the roof glass.

To demonstrate the difference, Sandy smashes the passenger side window! Be sure to check it out – along with the full assessment – here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

As many viewers have expressed interest in purchasing parts from the Model Y, Munro has listed parts for sale on its support page. You can see what parts are available, including some from the Model 3 here.