In this wrap-up episode of the Mini Cooper SE EV series, Sandy is back and starts off giving his two cents on how he sees this vehicle. Sandy also reminds the audience that while we do benchmarking and costing, Munro started off and continues to be a product design innovation factory. Specifically speaks on the transitional look and build of the Mini when we worked on it in the early 2000s, but more to come on that at the end of the video.
First off, the lines of the car are what you would expect from an updated Mini look with the same with roughly the same gaps you would find on a BMW, although Sandy finds a few that he is surprised about. That being said Sandy likes the beauty and style gaps and tricks that the Mini Cooper SE EV pulls off in it’s design.
Sandy especially likes the scoop for the wheel, the lay-down and adjustable rear seats providing more trunk carrying space, and the Union Jack found in the rear light lenses.
Moving on to what is under the bonnet, Sandy shows visible shock as he sees the faux motor cover and underneath it the steel weldment that we, at Munro, have never seen on any other vehicle… ever. Sandy at this point was looking at the vehicle freshly and no one had informed him on what we found in our previous videos. Sandy then imparts some war wisdom along with war stories from the past, ever still shocked at what he has found under the hood and what he might find in the batteries or other systems we didn’t pull apart.
Sandy moves on to trying out sitting in the vehicle and looks at the interiors, instrument panel, and infotainment system. He also talks a lot of the
The truly interesting part of this video however, comes when Sandy imparts a lot of information from the past of how we worked on redesign of the Mini when they were acquired through BMW in the past (which also involved Land Rover). We first first did work on the Land Rover products which were a great success which lead us onto the Mini redesign group. We made some major changes from Sir Alec Issigonis original look and design resulting in a massive savings and safety increase to the Minis in the early 2000s.
But to learn more about that history and to watch Sandy’s reactions, you will have to watch the video below:
In this third installment of the 2022 Mini Cooper SE EV our team comprising of Cory and Paul take this vehicle on a Ride and Drive experience. Paul reveals to our audience that he has previously owned four original style Minis as well as two newer ones, making this ride and drive experience his seventh.
Cory starts off navigating to a local charging station. Along the way, Cory points out his first issue with the cars navigation system which sort of obscures the path under, “a mess of yellow and green.”
Cory continues to find places for improvement including questioning when the resolution or look of the dash screen vs. the navigation screen has a more muted look as opposed to the glossy vibrant images of the navigation.
There is also a stiffness to the vehicle and some apparent NVH experienced in the passenger side door. Probably not a surprise to anyone, but if you happen to be a taller person, the Mini Cooper SE will be a bit of a cramped ride.
Overall though the team is happy with the interiors and feel of the car.
To watch the full episode, click on the link below:
In this great article on the Bianchi PR blog, Sandy Munro was named one of the top influencers in the automotive electric vehicle realm for our YouTube channel, Munro Live. Described as candid and informed commentary, Sandy Munro brings a whole new perspective to a broad audience on YouTube, spanning the gamut from engineer to enthusiast.
Munro Live’s YouTube channel, which was started at the beginning of the pandemic and focused on the Model Y Teardown at first, has garnered 220K Subscribers in a relatively short amount of time. Sandy Munro takes his audience on a journey that covers everything from part by part teardowns to interviews with Automotive and other industry leaders.
Bianchi’s article also covers other top EV YouTube influencers such as Inside EVs, E for Electric, Fully Charged, and Electrek.co.
In this third installment of Munro Lives series on comparing the Frigidaire vs Sub-Zero refrigerators, Cory and Adam are back at testing the structural integrity of the shelving found in these refrigerators. Off the bat the two waste no time loading up 108 lbs or approximately 49 kilograms onto one of the Sub-Zero shelves by stacking milk jugs all the way to the top. But instead of repeating this same test on the Frigidaire, the two associates then pull the viewer over to look at a comparison of the shelving construction with the shelves attached to a wall mounting for ease of viewing.
We find that both units shelves are made with steel support arms and glass shelves. The Sub-Zero attaches the glass to it’s frame using a plastic over-molding. Inside the molding is most likely found notches in the metal that create added strength when the molding is introduced over it.
While both units have the same thickness of steel, the metal stamping in the Frigidaire has some superior strength features by stamping in gussets to increase the cross sectional width of the shelving arms. This allows the hook part of the shelf to actually be small on the Frigidaire than the Sub-Zero unit. Adam also remarks how he likes the rivets that are used on the Frigidaire shelving making for a stronger connection between the support and base of the shelf.
But, for the moment that all have been waiting for, a potential 571 lbs of milk jugs awaits to be tested on the shelves. Will it be the superior stamping design of the Frigidaire that will win out, or the thicker hook of the Sub-Zero unit?
Find out by clicking below to watch the enthralling showdown of the Frigidaire vs Sub-Zero refrigerators when comparing shelf strength:
In this next installment of the 22′ Mini Cooper SE EV series, we introduce another long time Munro Associate, Jordan Arocha, who has been with the company for 10 years and has been a consistent provider of ideas for talking points on the Model Y and other vehicles. Cory explains some of Jordan’s background and then moves on findings they and the team have observed on this Mini Cooper SE EV.
The pair first have a look at the huge galvanized leading triangle which protects the battery behind it. This is an improvement from an earlier model which could experience damage to the battery if the car ran over something that reached and impacted the battery box. They then look at the battery box tunnel itself and find that it is basically an adaptation of an ICE architecture underbody, utilizing existing space that would be normally taken up with the exhaust system, brakes lines, etc.
The housing of the battery box is a steel stamping with robotically applied body sealer on the bottom to protect the housing from corrosion and possible to reduce NVH. One observation that shocks our group is that some of the high voltage lines are not hidden within a rail or some other structure to protect it, but instead are somewhat haphazardly tied to the undercarriage.
Moving on, looking at the K member or craddle, this large stamped steel weldment is tied into the battery pack with creates structural support and rigidity by tying the 4 bolts into the weldment. Typically we see K members/rear craddles isolated in vehicles and rarely solid mounted.
Cory finds the place where the “noise maker” of the car is mounted, sitting in the middle of the space for a spare tire underneath the rear of the car. It does have a space smaller diameter “run-flat tire” as opposed to a 15″ spare tire, but this is purchased separately.
The team then moves on to talking about the suspension which is fairly simple in nature. Then they discuss what we find when comparing European cars, how companies approach converting existing vehicle product lines to EV. Then on to the front suspension, aerodynamics, and other features we find, but to see all of our findings, you will need to watch the video by clicking below:
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.
To watch the full episode, click on the link below:
In this episode of Munro Live we were kindly provided a 2022 Mini Cooper EV for us to have a look at and analyze from an exterior perspective. Cory Steuben, President of Munro & Associates introduces a long time associate of Munro, Paul Lester, who guides us through his perspectives and even brings in an original Mini 1961 (originally called an Austin 7, or an offshoot thereof) to show some of the differences in design that has evolved throughout the years.
This 1961 Mini has a lot of aspects of Lean Design that he showcases, which made the car very cost effective and affordable in its time as well a cute British styling that made this iconic car what it is today. Paul points out that there is no secondary door panel, a basic locking opening system, sliding windows instead of a drop down design, and more. With a transverse engine making up 20% of the vehicle and the rest being passenger space, this is a design based in lightweighting and cost efficient design.
Cory then has a look at the new Mini Cooper EV and points out size difference pointing out how much bigger it is while still retaining a compact design. The wheel comparison between the two vehicles are massive with the original 1961 mini having only a 10 inch wheel and a tiny shift lever.
The general styling look is still the styling look of the 2001 model with minor changes. One thing that Munro doesn’t like is the fact that there is no frunk but instead looks like a converted ICE vehicle to EV look. However, this makes sense when looking at the general space in the vehicle which is tight to say the least.
Under the motor cover we find a low voltage vacuum pump that doesn’t have an advanced 1,2, or 3 box system for the brakes. It still has it’s standard ICE break system. There is a steel weldment that surrounds the inverter box – perhaps as a built in safety measure, but one we have never seen before in a vehicle.
Many other interesting points and findings are covered, but to learn them all, you have to watch the video below:
In this new episodes of Munro Live we switch gears and look at consumer products, specifically comparing refrigerators from Frigidaire and Sub-Zero.
Cory Steuben, President of Munro & Associates first gives the viewers an overview of Munro’s diversity in benchmarking when it comes to various manufacturing sectors and reminds them that roughly 50% of what Munro does lies outside of automotive. Further to that he comments on our pricing but moves swiftly into introducing Adam Leech who then takes the viewer through his first impressions of the two refrigerators.
Comparing at packaging, country of manufacture, quality, handling and more.
Join Sandy Munro of Munro & Associates as well as Rick Walker, President ofGAMA and SAMA, Albert Burleigh, Executive Director of EV Sales for Blue Bird Corporation, David Eyes, CMILT Director of Automotive Solutions at DiCentral, and Richard Doak, Technology Strategist for the manufacturing and automotive segment within the Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft for the EV Breakthrough webinar (Part 2) that will span everything from EV teardowns, EV Buses, Computer Technology in EV, and the direction of the EV market.
Hosted by Shawn McEwan, Director of Automotive Solutions at DiCentral, and Rick Walker, this EV Breakthrough webinar is a lead panel discussion with the group that will discuss and debate several of the hot topics in the Electric Vehicle space. Each of the speakers is an expert in their respective fields and have several years of perspective on where they see the industry going, from the small to the macro scale. Other topics discussed, will be industry 4.0 and JIT issues in the new EV world, the microchip shortage, traditional ICE manufacturers supply chain disruption, EV charging infrastructure, and the looming shadow of China who has started down the EV market path earlier than most of the world and how they will affect the industry and global demand.
Will traditional automakers fall behind and will local supply chains survive the transition to the electric vehicle space?
This is will be a thrilling discussion with some of the thought leaders in the electric vehicle space that you don’t want to miss. The EV Breakthrough webinar will be taking place next week on Thursday September 16th, 2021 at 1PM CDT – 2PM EST.
To sign up for the second installment of the EV Breakthrough webinar, follow this link to the landing page and secure your spot!
In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy Munro and Ben Lindamood take the viewers on a final overview of their thoughts of the Ford Mach-E after tearing it down and examining it. This episode has more than just a short overview of the vehicle, it covers some comparisons and charts not revealed in previous episodes.
Sandy and Ben first start off talking about their personal experiences with driving the vehicle. While Ben didn’t get a chance to extensively drive the vehicle, Sandy had chances before and after the teardown, thanks to Chris Billman, Chief Engineer of Ford Driver Assist Technologies, who took Sandy on a tour of the highway using the BlueCruise self driving feature. As previously noted though, Sandy still believes that the BlueCruise technology is still 6 or more years behind Tesla and that there are upcoming Chinese companies that will give rise to future competition due to their technology being more superior than what Western companies are giving them credit for.
One of the best parts of this episode is where Sandy shows a chart comparing several important attributes of the various electric vehicles that we have analyzed recently. The emphasis (in this episode) is drawing comparisons to the Ford Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and the Tesla Model Y as it relates to Battery size, efficiency, and range compared to vehicle weight and drag co-efficient. This is chart points out many of the reasons we think that the vehicles get the performance that they do and point out some interesting points for improvement – but you are going to have to watch the video to get all of the good stuff.
One of Sandy’s main points is really how important an issue weight is with a vehicle, and although these electric vehicles have to take on more weight to improve their crash worthiness and safety, protecting the batteries and the occupants, there is a lot of room for improvement.
The episode goes on to talk about the body-in-white and crash safety of the Ford Mach-E which is very good as well a many places that Ford can improve on their vehicles.