Model Y Series: Episode 7 – Front Impact Structure, Snap-Fit Lamp & Rotor Serviceability

Model Y Front Impact Structure

Episode 7 – Front Impact Structure, Snap-Fit Lamp & Rotor Serviceability

Welcome back to episode seven of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro takes a look at the front wheel envelope and shares an overview of the:

  • Front impact structure: looking under the wheel well at the front rail structure, which compared to the Model 3 looks a lot different and much stronger;
  • Snap-fit lamp: the side marker, which is also a camera, is similar to the Model 3 with a molded snap-fit feature that snaps directly into the fender sheet metal; and
  • Rotor serviceability: changes, such as having an external retention screw for the brakes, make servicing the rotor much easier.

For the full details of each of these areas of the Tesla Model Y, view the full video here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 6 – Wiring, Brakes, Quick-connects & Rear Body Structure Overview

Tesla Model Y Wiring Munro teardown

Episode 6: Wiring, Brakes, Quick-connects & Rear Body Structure Overview

Welcome back to episode six of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro provides an overview of the vehicle’s wiring, coolant lines, brakes and rear body structure.

From the corrugated wrap over the local 12 volt wires and the more expensive but 100% leak proof quick-connects on the coolant line, to the heavier, cast over front and rear brakes, and self-locating, aluminum rear cradle-like piece, Sandy was really happy with what he saw.

In each of these areas of the Tesla Model Y Performance, Sandy is pleased with the quality of what he says is turning out to be a fabulous vehicle. Check out this video for full details.

Also, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 5 – Suspension Overview

Tesla Model Y Suspension Munro teardown

Episode 5: Suspension Overview

Welcome back to episode five of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro provides an overview of the vehicle’s suspension configuration.

Sandy’s initial overview is that the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 have similar suspension systems, but it’s obvious they’re not the same. Sandy noted differences in the Model Y’s dampener, lower control arms and configuration. Check out this video for full details.

Looking at the rear suspension, Sandy says it looks very similar to the Model 3 (including a component that says “Model 3” right on it). Sandy applauds Tesla for this good commonality.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 4 – Cowl Cover Clip

Episode 4: Cowl Cover Clip & Request from Sandy

Hello! This is episode four of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro discusses a potential redesign of the Tesla Model Y cowl cover clips and gives a heartfelt message about “paying it forward” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s dive in!

As discovered in episode three, two components of the cowl cover were broken or missing. While the missing part is a quality control issue per Sandy, he does offer some insight regarding the part that failed. He noted that the joining point was very fragile and he had concerns about its robustness. Be sure to check out the full video here for Sandy’s insight on a potential redesign to address these concerns.

Tesla Model Y Cowl Clip

Also, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Interested in more? Check out episode five for Sandy’s impression of the Tesla Y’s suspension or visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 3 – Frunk Overview

Episode 3: Frunk Overview

Welcome to episode three of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro reviews the vehicle’s frunk (trunk in the front).

Sandy shares that the Model Y’s front opens the same way as the Model 3. When removing the cowl, he finds some interesting surprises. Check out this short clip for full details:

Interested in more? Check out episode four for Sandy’s impression of the cowl cover clip or visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 2 – Fit & Finish

Episode 2: Fit & Finish

Welcome to episode two of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro offers his expert insight on the vehicle’s fit and finish. His first impression, “the car looked good for an early stage product.”

Click here to join Sandy and his gap gauge as he measures and evaluates the vehicle’s gaps and flushness.  During the segment, Sandy offers measurements on key vehicle areas, including:

  • Front and rear door top and sills;
  • Top of the rear lift gate;
  • Bottom of the rear lift gate;
  • Lift gate lamps;
  • Lift gate roof rail;
  • Lift gate to quarter panels; and
  • Tail lamps to the body.

Interested in more? Check out episode three for Sandy’s impression of the frunk (trunk in front)and inside trim. For more information about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process visit www.MunroLive.com. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Teardown: Initial Observations: Regen Braking

It’s arrived! As many of you know, Munro & Associates received its Tesla Model Y Performance earlier this week. CEO Sandy Munro is currently at the Munro North American headquarters ready to dive-into the vehicle teardown. He’s already offered his first take on the vehicle, which you can find here: www.MunroLive.com

Sandy has now moved onto a couple of functional/performance tests. It was observed during ride-and-drives that the vehicle demonstrates an aggressive amount of regenerative braking. Sandy wanted to get an idea of how much, so he put some numbers together.

Sandy accelerated to 32mph for approximately 101 feet, then let off the throttle (no brakes applied, coasted to a stop utilizing regen mode only). The stopping distance was measured at approximately 173.5 feet from the point the accelerator was released. (Interesting note: at the 101-foot mark, the car did briefly continue accelerating to 33mph.) In addition to the stopping distance, it was also observed that the brake light comes on during regen braking mode.

According to Sandy, “this is a nice safety feature that was not implemented on the Chevy Bolt. It should be noted that the Chevy Bolt had two modes of regen braking: the first being simply taking your foot off the throttle pedal, and the second when you take your foot off the throttle and depress a paddle switch on the steering wheel to put the vehicle in a more aggressive regen mode. The brake lights never came on in the Bolt regardless of which regen mode the vehicle was in.”

Be sure to check back to witness the Tesla Model Y discovery process at www.MunroLive.com. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Munro & Associates Help Clarify the Tesla Model 3’s Rusty Seats

An InsideEVs article recently asked “Remember the Tesla Model 3’s Rusty Seats?” Author Gustavo Henrique Ruffo, with the help of Munro & Associate’s Director of Benchmarking Al Steier, was able to provide readers an answer, “apparently, that’s normal.”

According to Ruffo, “whenever we hear about any issue EV consumers may have, we investigate them. That is how we found out Nissan showed a $35,000 bill for a single Leaf battery pack, and PSA had comparable prices for the humble Peugeot iOn. As the biggest EV manufacturer, Tesla tends to present more issues. We dig a little deeper whenever there seems to be a problem, but that helps get facts straight. That is what happened with the Sudden Unintended Acceleration accusation against the company and now with the rusted seats on a Model 3.”

All was quiet … until Munro published its fifth segment of its “Tearing Down Tesla” series where the company analyzed the front seats of the BMW i3, Chevy Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3. InsideEVs reached out and Steier offered some additional insight:

“If you were to look at a number of seats across the various manufacturers, you will find that about 50 percent do not paint the seat supports (bottom and/or back). They will however paint any area that is visible to the customer – i.e. the lower mount points and sometimes the rails if they are not covered with trim. So most have determined that they can live with a little surface rust on non-visible parts. Besides, eliminating the paint is good for the environment.”

In sum, according to Steier, “this is not an issue.” You can check out the entire InsideEVs article for full comments and details: http://bit.ly/3dc0Ows

Tearing Down Tesla Series Concludes

In December, we kicked off our “Tearing Down Tesla” series of articles that compared notable aspects of leading EVs using our proprietary Design Profit software. We’re concluding the series after eight segments that analyzed topics ranging from OEM assembly time to suspension and from battery cooling systems to HVAC ducting and venting.

We covered a lot of ground in this series and, most importantly, aimed to offer knowledge that’s interesting and valuable to today’s engineers … with data points that support our findings.

In case you missed any of the segments, below the list of topics and where to find the post. Thanks for reading!

Sandy Munro on Car Radio with Henry Payne

Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro recently joined Henry Payne, and automotive reporter and expert Lindsay Brooke on the Car Radio with Henry Payne radio show.

Don’t worry if you missed it, we have you covered! You can check out the whole segment here: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/podcasts/car-radio/2020/03/09/car-radio-episode-10-indycar-dixon-munro-cybertruck-gm-evs-race-legend-st-james-autorama/5006663002/

Sandy and the Car Radio team discuss some interesting topics:

  • How – and if – the Tesla Cybertruck fits into the truck market (interesting fact, Sandy thinks it doesn’t!);
  • Munro’s plans for the Model Y;
  • The current – very fluid – state of EV battery technology;
  • General Motors EV plans;
  • Sandy’s pick for an e-pickup truck; and
  • More!