In today’s episode of Munro Live, we take questions submitted from viewers and have them answered in this Q&A with Sandy Munro.
We get a deluge of questions from our viewers on a regular basis covering the gamut from technology to Sandy’s personal stories, to financial and market direction. Even sometimes questions which we are not going to feature here including perpetual motion machines… sorry guys and gals, doesn’t exist.
That being said we get a lot of great questions that are asked with certain frequency and we thought we would address those first.
Q&A with Sandy Munro Topics covered:
What Chinese Car companies have a shot at competing with Tesla?
What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career is so far?
Besides the Plaid, which car are you most excited to review in 2022?
Do auto-manufacturers have a chance without using tesla AI?
What are some features you would like to see in a Tesla Van?
Is Tesla’s biggest advantage their manufacturing? VW produces car in 30 hours vs Tesla in 10.
What year do you think Europe will reach 50% EV?
What was the biggest automotive error or recall you have witnessed or been a part of?
How would you compare build quality of cars built back in the day, vs today?
What is the best way to scale up from prototype to volume production while keeping cost down and quality under control?
How did Sandy start his career and what advice would he give to kids going into engineering?
In conclusion, this is a great episode for finding out how Sandy views both the future of EV and his past. There are several great stories and anecdotes from Sandy’s origin story in this episode – worth listening to.
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In this fun episode of Munro Live’s series, we go hog wild bringing our Jeep Wrangler 4xe off-roading where Sandy Munro takes the vehicle for a spin, literally.
Cory’s friend has a bike course on his property, kindly allowed us to take our loaned Jeep Wrangler 4xe off-roading. There are several hills to traverse and some bush path to follow that Sandy takes advantage of.
Sandy starts off explaining that he has already sussed out and driven through the path. This way he knows before hand what he is getting into. He also points out that this is a course definitely designed for dirt bikes and not so much a Jeep. There isn’t as many opportunities to show off some of the capabilities that a Jeep has when tackling certain terrain. There are no ponds, fallen trees, or massive rocks to traverse on this course. But that doesn’t mean the team can’t have fun.
Although this is more of a fun video for the audience instead of an analysis, Sandy wants to remind Jeep that they are putting the grab handle in the wrong place. The position of the handle being placed on the left side instead of up top makes it awkward to use. Sandy first instinct is to grab for a place on the inside ceiling of the vehicle or the steering wheel. Please fix it!
Sandy explains that he is already in gear for the experience and gives a few pointers for the audience. Sandy immediate starts to travel through the series of hills, taking the first one a little slower. From there he ramps up taking the next set of hills faster and with more gusto! Going through the whole track doesn’t take long, so they decide to go through some bush area next.
You will get to see Sandy traverse through the bush utilizing some aspects of the Jeep. But most hilarious of all is the reactions from Cory in the back. Sandy finishes the show off with him doing donuts in the field.
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In this second episode of Munro’s consumer series Sub-Zero vs Frigidaire, Cory and Adam revisit the problems discovered in the first episode where they found damage to both of the refrigerators (a dent on the Frigidaire and a some bent sheet metal at the top of the Sub-Zero unit. The team also weighed the packaging for the two units, with the Sub-Zero coming in at a hefty 26.03 Kg vs the Frigidaire at 5.246 Kg.
The team moves forward looking at the drawers and other internal features of the two units.
Most importantly the team gives the two units the cold test, including how fast the cooldown and how they leak energy.
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In our latest video, Cory and Ben go over Mach-E’s Advanced Driver Assistance System, or ADAS for short.
Ben starts off by explaining that the ADAS version that Munro’s vehicle has is the Co-pilot 360 system, which is not yet a hands-free driving system, but when the updates come out it will be upgradeable to the BlueCruise capability.
From there Ben discusses the edge-of-roads camera systems that detect where the edge of the drivable space is in various environments including dirt roads or construction zones. This camera system also has blind spot assistance and intersection assist helping you to prevent lane changing into a vehicle in your blind spot as well as helping to better navigate intersections. The ADAS accomplishes all of this with 5 radar and a camera system including an ifrared camera which Ben also explains in more detail.
Ben then pulls up a chart from the SAE which describes the different levels of autonomous driving and describes that Mach-E is at Level 2 autonomy. He also explains that some level 3 vehicles exist, however, most of the ADAS systems that have been approved are Level 2.
From there Cory explains differences we have found between the Ford Mach-E and other vehicles we have analyzed, specifically Tesla as well as why Tesla has made certain choices from a business standpoint.
On July 14th, Cory Steuben, President of Munro & Associates and former graduate of Kettering University (ME 10) was interview by Tim Noonan, author of “GMI/Kettering University at 100,” on the podcast, “Horsepower to Hyperloops.”
Cory talks about his rise from a Co-op student to President of Munro & Associates, starting the popular Munro Live YouTube channel, and his adventures traveling in a Tesla Model 3 with our CEO Sandy Munro to go and meet with Tesla enthusiasts and finally, the man himself, Elon Musk in Boca Chica Texas at SpaceX.
Although the podcast isn’t up yet, it should be soon on Kettering’s official website. Check out this link to see the podcast when it comes out as well as other great previous episodes.
In this episode of the Mach-E teardown, Sandy and Ben first examine the air-intake for the HVAC and the battery management cooling system. Sandy discusses the design choices that the Ford team made and why are good, allowing the Mach-E to make space to have a frunk.
Sandy goes on to talk about the front facia of the car and design choices he likes that were made such as the snap fits for attaching the facia onto the vehicle frame. Sandy is particularly impressed with the snap fits found on the headlamps that help also to locate and align their position.
The topic then shifts to how Sandy and Ben feel about the design choices made on the body to withstand the SORB test (Small Overlap Rigid Barrier), where the car is run at a speed of 40 Mph towards a barrier that is at a 25% offset of the front side of the vehicle to simulate a collision with a roadside barrier. There are many design choices that Sandy is happy with that add safety and perform well.
Then Sandy and Ben move on to the side of front fender area where the discuss some re-design choices that Ford could make to save both money and weight to the vehicle, but to hear about those, you have to watch the video:
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:
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!
The Legacy Of The EV1 – From Creation To Destruction
Automotive News recently released a great article and reflection video testament to the now extinct EV1 by GM. In this video and article, Automotive News covers its advocates and detractors, its innovations for the time, and hints to its demise. This comes on the heels of the 25th anniversary of the car’s creation.
For those of you that are unaware, Sandy Munro had a hand in the EV1’s creation, working with GM on the project. Sandy laments, “That was a pivotal point that GM could have basically dominated this market completely… no one else was thinking about this… there never would have been a Tesla.”
“I think that the EV1 was the best project I ever worked on,” says Sandy, which is a big statement coming from a man that has worked on some of the most profitable and innovative automotive platforms that have existed.
To watch the video and to read the whole article, click on the link below:
In this episode, Sandy brings the viewers on a walkthrough of several systems in the Faraday FF91, including the dual rear motor system, immersion-cooled 2170 Cells, and the parallel IGBT Inverter. Sandy gets technical and outlines why some of the decisions to make their systems the way they are were chosen and more importantly why they are good decisions.
Sandy the shows the viewers the interiors of the car and talks about it’s unique and luxurious design which Sandy is impressed by. Sandy’s favorite aspects of the car though, are the zero gravity seats that allow you to work with ease and room and even fully recline in the back.
If you are interested in Faraday, this is a must-watch. Click below to watch the episode: