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Cybertruck E5 – Ride & Drive, Series Wrap-Up

Cybertruck E5 - Ride & Drive, Series Wrap-Up

Cybertruck E5 – Ride & Drive, Series Wrap-Up

“Hey, boys and girls we’re back again!”  In this week’s installment of the Cybertruck vs conventional truck series, we examine the ride and drive aspects of these vehicles. Sandy takes for a spin, in alphabetical order, Chevy, F150, and Ram.

Sandy talks about some interesting drive characteristics that only a truck enthusiast who is driven the different competitor trucks would have experienced in the past.

He then moves on to breaking down the price per vehicle versus horsepower and range.  Spoiler alert! The Ford F150 wins for most torque, however, when compared with what is being proposed as the specs for the Cybertruck, nothing would come close to the proposed 800 HP and 1000 lbs of torque that the Tri-motor AWD would deliver.

But there are a few more twists and if you want to know them, you have to watch the video here!

This brings us to the conclusion of our videos comparing these vehicles. We hope you enjoyed the series and also if Tesla is watching, feel free to send us a Cybertruck if you want to here our unbiased opinions.

Also, if you are reading this, we would like to remind everyone that it is by selling reports or consulting that we really make a living.  If you want to truly support not only the creation of these videos but also to keep Munro afloat during these hard times, we just want to point out that the Model Y report is almost ready for prime time, and you can already purchase the Octovalve and Thermal System report, the Inverter report, a comparison of 10 of the leading EV motors and the Model 3.

If you are serious about competing in the new EV world, these reports are a must-have.  Don’t be left in the dust while your competitors reap the knowledge contained in these tomes.  Reports of this type don’t exist anywhere else in the market.  Contact sales@leandesign.com for more information.

Cybertruck E4 – Interior

Cybertruck E4 - Interior

Cybertruck E4 – Interior

Welcome back to episode 4 on the Cybertruck vs. conventional trucks series.  In todays episode, Sandy compares the interiors of the Cybertruck to what truck owners currently experience or expect on truck that are in the market currently.

Sandy points out that there are pluses and minuses with the Cybertruck’s proposed interiors.  He discusses the minimalist design, which an old time trucker, would be used to (truck in the old days had few interior features), but is nothing like the design an old-timer would expect or be used to.  He points out changes that have occurred in the expectation of truckers and how that might affect Tesla.

One interesting point that Sandy is not a fan of is the proposed steering wheel, which would terrible for off-roading and, based on the pictures provided, not street legal.

There is in depth discussion of the Instrument Panel including infotainment system and assumptions made from tearing down the model Y.  Sandy goes on to talk about door panels, seats, center consoles, HVAC, safety/restraints, and electronics.

For the full video click here:

The Model Y report is almost finished, along with the Octovalve and Thermal System, the Inverter report, a comparison of 10 of the leading EV motors and the Model 3.  If you are serious about competing in the new EV world, these reports are a must-have.  Don’t be left in the dust while your competitors reap the knowledge contained in these tomes.  Reports of this type don’t exist anywhere else in the market.  Contact sales@leandesign.com for more information.

Cybertruck E3 – Driveline and Off-Roading

Cybertruck E3 - Driveline and Off-Roading

Cybertruck E3 – Driveline & Off-Roading

In today’s new episode of the Cybertruck comparison with the F150, Silverado, and RAM, Sandy will be discussing driveline and off-roading capabilities.  Our 3 conventional trucks are all 4×4 capable and fairly similar in many respects owing to their long histories in the market and established paradigms.

The Cybertruck, however, is a completely different animal, including a feature that allows it to almost roll over and then restabilize and roll back which is also found in the Tesla Model Y.

Sandy also gives some great background stories of him learning to truly off-road with a Land Rover Discovery and training at the Land Rover facility in Solihull, UK.

To see the whole video, click here!

Just another reminder, the Model Y report is almost finished, along with the Octovalve and Thermal System, the Inverter report, a comparison of 10 of the leading EV motors and the Model 3.  If you are serious about competing in the new EV world, these reports are a must-have.  Don’t be left in the dust while your competitors reap the knowledge contained in these tomes.  Reports of this type don’t exist anywhere else in the market.  Contact sales@leandesign.com for more information.

Cybertruck Comparison Ep2 – Suspension

Cybertruck E2 - Suspension

Cybertruck Comparison Ep2 – Suspension

In this week’s episode, Sandy Munro compares the Cybertruck with conventional trucks on the market in relation to front and rear suspension, air ride, and active damping to make assumptions about utility, comfort, and performance.

What suspension geometry is Cybertruck going to use and why?  What are some unique possibilities for dynamic ride height adjustment that air suspension opens up for the Cybertruck?  How will active damping affect the overall feel of the Cybertruck and the absence of a solid rear axle in favor of independent rear suspension and air springs?  All of these questions are covered in this weeks episode which can be watched here:

Just a reminder, Munro has reports on these types of truck comparisons and much more.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Tesla Model 3 or Y or how the top 10 EV Motors on the market compare with each other, then you should click on the above or contact us at sales@leandesign.com.

Also, remember to tip your cashier or at the very least to thank them for being a front line worker that is keeping the economy going.  For last week’s episode, click here.

Cybertruck Comparison Ep1 – Body Structure

Cybertruck Comparison Ep1 - Body Structure

Cybertruck Comparison Ep1 – Body Structure

Munro kicks off their next video series today which will compare the 3 leading pickup trucks currently in the market (F150, Silverado, and RAM) with the Tesla Cybertruck.

Episode 1 focuses on the exterior body of these vehicles and explains reasons why Tesla decided to take this angular approach in designing the Cybertruck.  Although polarizing to some, the choice of making the body 30X stainless necessitates this sort of look.

“Stainless Steel is not your best friend when it comes to forming techniques,” says Sandy Munro, which is why the Cybertruck has to be formed using a press brake rather than stamping dies. “These lines (on conventional trucks) are impossible with anything that is hard like a stainless steel,” Sandy re-iterates.

Watch the full episode here.

Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes, which will be released every Wednesday morning.  Next week’s episode will cover suspension, ride, and handling.

Most importantly, if you or your team wants to get ahead in the new EV world, our reports on the Model Y will put you in the driver’s seat.  We cover everything featured in our video series and more.  Also, our report on the leading 10 Electric Motors will let you know where everyone stands in the EV motor world. Whether you are an OEM, supplier, or manufacturer looking to get into the shifting EV market, these reports can give you an advantage now instead of wasting money trying to analyze in-house. Contact us today at sales@leandesign.com to learn more!

Munro Series Compares Cybertruck to Leading Pickups

Cybertruck vs the F150 Dodge Ram and Silverado

Munro Series Compares Cybertruck to Leading Pickups

Starting tomorrow, Munro will begin releasing its new video series comparing the leading pickup trucks to the Tesla Cybertruck.  Specifically, Sandy will dive into the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2020 Ford F150, and the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500.  In the short promo video that Munro did on this series (which you can watch here) Sandy tells the audience that although the three trucks pictured are not going to be torn down, Sandy is going to use lots of data that Munro has found in recent teardowns of these vehicles in order to give the audience a reasonably accurate look at where the competition stands against the proposed specs of the Tesla Cybertruck.

“We are going to be looking at, what did they do, how did they do it, and why did they do it that way?”, says Sandy when talking about the series, “It’s important to know that the truck market is on a completely different playing field than the rest of the automotive industry,”  Because of this, Sandy expects that our viewers will be very interested in finding out, not only more about the truck industry in general, but how difficult it will be for Tesla to wrangle away the top seat with it’s edgy but polarizing new competitor.

Tune in tomorrow to watch the first episode in the series and dig into what makes these trucks tick.

Also, remember that we have several exciting reports that are for sale right now including the 10 EV Motor Analysis covering the 10 leading EV motors on the market, the Tesla Model 3, and the soon to be released Tesla Model Y Report.

Sandy Munro goes deep into EVs on HyperChange

Sandy Munro does an in-depth interview with Galileo on HyperChange

Sandy does an in-depth interview with Galileo on HyperChange

Sandy Munro recently went on HyperChange to talk with Galileo about the Tesla Model Y teardown and his perspective on the direction of EVs in general.

In this almost 1 hour-long interview, Sandy goes deep into his findings on the recent teardown covering fan favorites like the Octovalve and deeper into quality issues and manufacturing.  Sandy also reveals for the first time, which EV he recommends people to buy.

More than this, Sandy discusses old war stories such as the Ford Vulcan engine design, the aircraft industry and how he got into business, before moving into a world EV discussion including some of the Chinese EVs and things he expects to find on the Tesla Truck.

For the full interview click here!

Also, if you want to find out what make the Tesla Model Y really tick and dig deep into it’s secrets that were NOT discussed in our 40 episode series, check out the Tesla Model Y prospectus here or better yet, contact us at sales@leandesign.com.

 

Model Y Series: Episode 12: Floorpan, EPP Floor Risers, Commonality through Stanchions and Wiring Observations

Episode 12: Floorpan, EPP Floor Risers, Commonality through Stanchions and Wiring Observations

This is episode 12 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro shares observations on the geometry of the floorpan, strategies for raising the floor height, enablers for re-use of Model 3 components and initial thoughts on some of the high and low voltage wiring.

Sandy starts by removing the expanded polypropylene flooring and notes that this was used so the Model Y could use the same floorpan as the Model 3. After noting other similarities, and some differences, he points out the “double good idea” of the unpainted steel on the seats, as it is both a cost saver and an environmentally conscious choice.

He then moves to the back of the vehicle to analyze the connection for the charge port, where he discusses the “orange stuff.” While this is typically used to reduce noise, he discovers a pipe underneath that contains heavy cables. Sandy considers this two good ideas in one because 1) it provides a perfect fit every time and 2) it’s smaller and lighter than what was used in the Model 3. He moves on to make some other interesting comparisons to the Model 3 cables.

The video finishes with Sandy’s comments on the stanchions, applauding Tesla’s design that enables the seats to sit higher (good for SUVs), while using the same seats, console and (most likely) IP as the Model 3. You can see the full details of these features in the Tesla Model Y by viewing the 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.

Debunking Tesla Cybertruck Myths

A recent Yahoo! op-ed article set out to debunk some of the myths – safety, towing, weight and more – of the Tesla Cybertruck. Notably, the article cited Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro on one of the myths regarding the Cybertruck’s weight.

The author shares details to debunk the myth that “the Tesla Cybertruck will be extremely heavy” because it will require a massive battery pack to carry and a body made of 3-mm thick Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel body parts. According to the article, “it would be in a regular vehicle, not in Tesla’s pickup truck.”

According to the article, Tesla CEO “Elon Musk himself said its weight would be comparable to that of a regular pickup truck of the same size” due to its construction. To underscore this point, the article cites Munro’s comments on the vehicle’s weight and references one of Munro’s technical slides. You can check it out here: https://autos.yahoo.com/op-ed-debunk-tesla-cybertruck-194515763/photo-p-one-came-because-href-194515900.html

Critics Miss Crucial Point About the Cybertruck

While Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro loved it, according to a recent WardAuto article, “critics had a field day ripping into the design” of Tesla’s new Cybertruck. However, according to auto expert John McElroy, they missed a critical point: the design enables Tesla to eliminate most of the tooling costs.

According to McElroy, “The body is an exoskeleton, which is to say, the body panels are welded together to form the structure of the truck. This is not body-on-frame construction like a conventional pickup truck, nor a collection of panels bolted and welded into a unitized body shell like a typical car or crossover. Instead, it’s a different way of constructing a vehicle, which no other major automaker has ever done.”

This approach, according to Munro, will save Tesla $60 million (for a 50,000 unit-a-year run) by eliminating blanking and stamping dies compared with traditional ways of making trucks.

And that’s just the start! For more insight into the cost saving opportunities the Cybertruck affords, check out the full article here: https://www.wardsauto.com/technology/cybertruck-s-low-costs-will-save-tesla-millions