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.
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!
Join Sandy Munro, CEO, Munro & Associates and now popular YouTuber on Munro Live as he answers your questions on the spot. Munro Live features various series on hot topics such as the Tesla Cybertruck Series, Tesla Model Y teardown, Road trip series, and now their most popular video of his in-person interview with Elon Musk. The Munro Live YouTube channel began after the COVID pandemic put the world in a state of isolation in 2020. This channel has allowed them to safely stay connected to the world and keep us knowledgeable while having fun along the way.
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:
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: