In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy takes a step back and has Cory Steuben and Ben Lindamood take the audience through a detailed comparison of the Tesla Model Y Thermal System components and the corresponding components on the Ford Mach-E
As Cory points out, the location of the components is very important when it comes to efficiency and cost. Many of the components of the Tesla Model are grouped fairly tightly giving it a smaller footprint in the vehicle. When Ben dumps out all of the hoses for the Mach-E and compares them to the Tesla Model Y, it is overwhelming! There is 35 different hoses on the Mach-E which is a very large number comparatively to what it found on Tesla Model Y (10) or even some of the other EVs we have looked at.
The team goes on to compare the pumps, valves bottles, chillers, eletronics and more. Don’t miss this episode if you are enthusiastic about understanding the thermal systems of these vehicles.
In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy and Ben explore the Instrument Panel of the Ford Mach-E and point out all of their interesting findings.
Sandy starts off by pointing out the massive magnesium casting for the structure of the instrument panel, explaining that it is his favorite choice of material because the casting will perform excellent in a crash situation and has the benefit of being one of the most sound-absorbing materials, helping to reduce NVH.
Ben goes on to point out the molded-in features in the casting that help with the alignment and positioning of components that are added to it. Ben also likes the mounting features that the magnesium casting has. Ben goes on to point out that the vehicle has a column mounted power stearing motor which is an interesting choice, because while it might have been more efficient to mount the motor on the rack, it would have been more expensive and might have intruded in the space created for the frunk.
Ben and Sandy move on to the features they like and don’t like on the interior of the IP, covering the steering wheel and its ability to be easily adjusted, the vents, infotainment system, glove box, HVAC system and more. But then they move into the cavity area behind the IP and they pick up on some interesting hidden features that are probably meant for an ADAS unit in the future.
In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy and Munro’s president Cory Steuben go through the suspension and high voltage wiring of the Ford Mach-E.
Cory, who is an expert in suspensions at Munro, gives us a walkthrough of all of his findings on this Vehicles suspension, giving the rear link suspension an A, but not and A+ for a cost and performance perspective, only for the fact that one of the links is not straight, which means you can’t choose the most efficient cost manufacturing method due to the fact that the bend in the one link requires the operator to have to weld the piece again in order to maintain structural integrity to compensate for the extra loads being exerted on that piece.
From rear to front suspension and the HV wiring surounding it, this is quite an information packed video. So if you are an engineering student looking to get a great insight into how suspension “should” be made as well as some deep insight into the HV wiring and design choices that Ford made on this vehicle, you NEED to watch this whole episode through.
In this episode of Munro Live, Ben takes what is left of the Mach-E (before removing the battery box), and has a fun quick ride around in the parking lot of Munro & Associates.
Returning to Sandy’s comments in an earlier episode about how he was surprised NOT to find a frunk in the VW ID.4 when doing a review of the vehicle, Sandy has been asked to justify this reaction, and what he finds, will intrigue our viewers: SPACE, tons of SPACE under and behind the instrument panel. This usually fought-over area is quite underutilized and unfilled, meaning that if the product design engineering teams would have decided to utilize this space and move/design some of the systems found under the hood to behind the IP, they would have had room.
Sandy will take the viewer on a comparison tour of the Mach-E vs. the ID.4 focusing on design choices that each of the respective product design engineering teams made and how things could have been different. The episode ends with Sandy also comparing the hatch designs of these two vehicles to the Tesla and lastly, wishing our viewers an (albeit belated) Happy Independence Day, and for our Canadian viewers, a happy Dominion (Canada Day).
In this episode of the Mach-E teardown, Sandy and Ben first examine the air-intake for the HVAC and the battery management cooling system. Sandy discusses the design choices that the Ford team made and why are good, allowing the Mach-E to make space to have a frunk.
Sandy goes on to talk about the front facia of the car and design choices he likes that were made such as the snap fits for attaching the facia onto the vehicle frame. Sandy is particularly impressed with the snap fits found on the headlamps that help also to locate and align their position.
The topic then shifts to how Sandy and Ben feel about the design choices made on the body to withstand the SORB test (Small Overlap Rigid Barrier), where the car is run at a speed of 40 Mph towards a barrier that is at a 25% offset of the front side of the vehicle to simulate a collision with a roadside barrier. There are many design choices that Sandy is happy with that add safety and perform well.
Then Sandy and Ben move on to the side of front fender area where the discuss some re-design choices that Ford could make to save both money and weight to the vehicle, but to hear about those, you have to watch the video:
Sandy And Ben Talk About The A B and C Pillars on the Mach-E
In this episode of Munro Live’s series on the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Sandy and Ben explain what they have found on the A, B, and C pillars. The good and bad are covered and Sandy explains why you should make certain design choices, including why threaded fasteners, even covered with a lot of glue, are still a design problem and always
Also,very important update, WE ARE BUYING A TESLA PLAID! However, we still need a bit more money, but if you are interested in helping, Sandy is now selling bumper stickers with his signature for $50. For more information, you need to check out the video below: