3IS Comes to Munro to Discuss Comparing Tesla, Ford, and VW’s Electrical Architectures
In this long format, podcast-style episode of Munro Live, Sandy and Dave Warner from Munro spends just over 40 minutes discussing the electrical architectures of the Tesla Model Y, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Volkswagen’s ID.4.
3IS researches automotive electronics and electrical systems, creating databases on the main EV systems including Body Electronics, Infotainment, Navigation,Telematics & Connectivity, ADAS / Safety, Automated Vehicles, Chassis Control, Powertrain, EV / HEV, and more.
The discussion first starts off with introductions then moving swiftly into comparing the number of ECUs in the vehicles, number CAN Buses, ethernet usage, LIN Buses, usage of LVDS Channels, audio and the pitfalls of “parts-bin” engineering, usage of fuses and relays. Finally, the team talks about the specific architecture of the ID.4, the Model Y, and the Mustang Mach E, diagnostic systems, and ultimately which system the team thinks is best, covering all of the plusses and minuses.
If you are truly interested in the nitty-gritty of EV electrical, then this is the episode for you:
Wrap Up On the Mustang Mach-E With Sean Mitchell Ep 6
In this last episode of Munro’s overview look at the Mustang Mach-E, Sandy talks with Sean Mithell and discusses a myriad of topics.
Topics discussed range from styling, the frunk, performance, cost, safety, you name it! Sandy and Sean also discuss Ford’s transition to the EV market, how they will stand up as a competitor, things they did right and wrong and so much more.
This is a long-format interview/episode so buckle up, get some popcorn, and enjoy the ride!
Sandy Talks Ride and Drive Experience of the Mustang Mach-E Ep. 5
Well Munro Live fans, we are coming to the end of this first series on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E with Sandy evaluating the vehicle’s Ride and Drive experience and it doesn’t fail to impress. Sandy’s expectations were met, stating that, “it feels as fast (in terms of acceleration) as the Model 3 and Y” and that, “everything feels like it is in the right place.”
Sandy has no problem with the navigation systems unlike the Volkswagen ID.4 even though he was traveling to one of his most disliked and seldom traveled destinations – the mall. Sandy, however, is not a fan of the placement of the Monroney sticker (the window label required on new cars) as it is blocking his vision when lane changing.
Sandy finally gets a chance to open up a little with the car and gets a real sense of what it can do, remarking that, “going 90 feels like 30.” So far this is the most impressed with another EV that Sandy has been since the Tesla Models and even thanked his old team at Ford for bringing to the EV future a real Mustang experience. He is so impressed in fact that he announces that he is going to tear apart and fully analyze one of these cars now. Wait for it subscribers! I think you will have a lot to be surprised and intrigued about.
Coming to the Great Lakes Crossings Mall, Sandy pulls up to a Charge Point DC Fast Charging station. Sandy likes the fact that he can pull in frontwards as the placement of the charging port is at the front of the car. But once he gets charging he is not impressed with the performance of the charging station itself – calling it, “not fast,” and, “a waste of my time.”
To watch the closing remarks and to catch all of the funny commentary moments in the drive itself, you will have to watch the video:
Well, here we are at episode 4 of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review and all we can say is wow! Sandy and the team are not easily impressed, but the Mustang Mach-E is definitely an impressive car. Sandy even exclaims that, “From a suspension standpoint: If I gave Tesla an A, this would get an A+, and the reason for that is because they are so simple and so inexpensive, and they’re doing the job!”
From the hallow cast cradles to a mysterious reservoir and something Sandy is calling the T-Rex bar, there are lot’s of interesting finds under this car, including the fact that Ford has made this battery very easy to drop out and change – great for serviceability but also allows for battery quick change is that business model pans out in the future.
But to get the full details you have to watch the show:
“This Ford Doesn’t Look Like a Ford!” Ep 3 2021 Mustang Mach-E Hoist and Suspension Review
It is not too often that Sandy is completely flabbergasted when looking underneath a vehicle. In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy’s first words were, “This doesn’t look like a Ford”, which is his parlance is meant to convey shock and awe – Ford seems to have made a quantum leap in engineering.
From precision fitting heavy-duty brakes, semi-solid castings, a great craddle design, interesting things hidden around and motor and battery case… this is a must watch video.
Sandy is in-fact so impressed that he might just buy one of these and tear it apart to analyze it completely!
Sandy Takes A Look Under The Hood of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E
In this second installment of the Mustang Mach-E series, Sandy has a look at what is under the hood of the Mustang Mach-E. Now if you have watched our last episode, then technically you know that Sandy has already looked under this hood, but upon further inspection, Sandy finds two secrets that make him propel this vehicle into a position of competition with the Tesla.
Beyond this, Sandy talks more about the frunk, what is under certain access panels including the 12 Volt battery, seals, coolant fill, etc. To watch the full episode and find out what has Sandy so enamored with the Mach-E, you will just have to watch the video below:
In this first episode of Munro Live’s next car review, that being the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, Sandy gives his first visual impressions of the car, stating that it reminds him of a Japanese design or look. Sandy likes the overall look of the car and including the lenses, but isn’t a huge fan of the wheels; he still preferred the look of the ID.4’s wheels better.
From the gaps and fit, finish, and quality perspective, everything was done perfectly. The lack of door handles is also a design choice that Sandy loves and the general sleekness of the car. Sandy makes mention of the Shingling designed into the hood to avoid problems with matching both sides where they overhang a little on the front light lenses; it also adds a certain esthetic that Sandy is into. Sandy’s impression of the front of the car, in general, is very positive and he likes the design choices from the faux grill to the Mustang logo.
Starting at the driver-side door of the vehicle, Sandy makes mention of the locking mechanism on the door, a Ford born esthetic. Once inside, besides the car being dirty, Sandy is enamored with the tambour doors on the console and the fact that the cupholder unit has space underneath for a purse or a tissue box – perfect for his wife.
Sandy goes on to reveal more aspects of the car he likes and little secrets, especially the fact that he can operate the Mustang infotainment GUI to easily find the map function with charging stations laid out (unlike the VW ID.4), but to find all of the Easter eggs, you will just have to watch by clicking below: