In this dramatic episode of Munro Live, feel the fear of Sandy as he is shocked with what he finds in the Ford Mach-E Thermal System. After a brief faint and being revived by the Octovalve, Sandy uncovers a winding snake pit mess of hoses and pumps that we are sure to confuse mechanic and assembly worker alike. Most likely in an attempt to save money by using off the shelf parts, this is by far one of the worst cooling designs we have seen at Munro.
This video attempts to describe the complex path that this cooling system takes. Warning this video is not for the faint of heart. To watch it in all it’s hilarity, click below:
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
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:
Sandy Holds A Question and Answer Session On Munro Live
Sandy does a Q&A session covering all sorts of questions that the viewers have come up with over the course of the last several months.
From Sandy’s past at Ford and notable projects he worked on, to SpaceX, our Mach-E teardown, the F150 Lightning, and much more there are several interesting tangents that Sandy will go on. Click on the link below to hear Sandy answer your most pressing questions:
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.
In this episode of Munro’s teardown of the VW ID.4 battery pack, Sandy talks about all of the battery design that he likes and doesn’t. This teardown is done in partnership with SABIC to develop a pack that is constructed out of thermoplastics.
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.
Sandy Gives His Final Thoughts On The Polestar 2 Ep. 5
In this episode, Sandy sums up his general impressions of this vehicle and it is very positive. In fact, Sandy says that this might be the next closest competitor to Telsa from his cursory examination of the vehicle in these past few episodes. Only a full teardown would reveal exactly where Polestar 2 stands next to Tesla, but we will rely on our viewers to let us know what they want to see next.
In general though Sandy likes the looks, many of the features – especially safety features and deems at least from this surface look that Volvo has made some wise design choices.
But for the full description of the parts, features, and design choices Sandy likes on the Polestar 2, you need to watch the full episode: