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.
In today’s episode of Munro Live, Sandy is absolutely blow away by the simple and Lean Design that the motor product design team has achieved on the Mach-E front Motor. From the contents of the gearbox to the rotor and stator, Sandy is impressed with Ford’s cost effective and elegant design.
With less bearings than the Tesla Model Y’s front motor the Ford Mach-E (while not having the same horse power) has a major cost and complexity advantage. The excellent and simple design of the differential made by Magna has a gears are machined in place of the forging and the design of the forged output shaft allows them to have an inline drive system.
The housing plate incorporates the ability to have the stator pressed in, which eliminates a lot of unnecessary bolts as commonly found in other motor designs. It also have grooved slots on the outside of the stator housing allowing coolant to flow around it which eliminates the need for oil, similar to the design found in the ID.4 stator housing. No filters, squirters, or extra pumps, just a simple effective solution.
Sandy goes into more depth on the rotor and it’s design as well the other parts of the drive train, electronics and connectors, the inverter (which Sandy is also very impressed with), and more but to find out what else he has to say about what he finds in this great design from Ford, you will have to watch the full video by clicking below:
In today’s episode of Munro Live, Sandy brings us up-to-date with what is going on at Munro. There has been a lot of movement at Munro, as you will learn, including Sandy working on several new product launches.
From electric vehicle customers to medical device and aerospace projects, this video will let our viewers in on what is transpiring at Munro including what to expect video-wise in the coming days including interviews with the Ford engineers on the Mach-E, the Tesla Model S, and other new project reveals.
In our latest video, Cory and Ben go over Mach-E’s Advanced Driver Assistance System, or ADAS for short.
Ben starts off by explaining that the ADAS version that Munro’s vehicle has is the Co-pilot 360 system, which is not yet a hands-free driving system, but when the updates come out it will be upgradeable to the BlueCruise capability.
From there Ben discusses the edge-of-roads camera systems that detect where the edge of the drivable space is in various environments including dirt roads or construction zones. This camera system also has blind spot assistance and intersection assist helping you to prevent lane changing into a vehicle in your blind spot as well as helping to better navigate intersections. The ADAS accomplishes all of this with 5 radar and a camera system including an ifrared camera which Ben also explains in more detail.
Ben then pulls up a chart from the SAE which describes the different levels of autonomous driving and describes that Mach-E is at Level 2 autonomy. He also explains that some level 3 vehicles exist, however, most of the ADAS systems that have been approved are Level 2.
From there Cory explains differences we have found between the Ford Mach-E and other vehicles we have analyzed, specifically Tesla as well as why Tesla has made certain choices from a business standpoint.
In today’s episode of Munro Live Sandy and Ben go over the “Body in White” of the Ford Mach-E. Sandy starts off with a little bit of a history lesson about why the body structure of vehicles are called the “Body in White” (or BIW for short). This stems back from the days when Ford would paint the body structure in white to check for faults or defects and the name has since stuck. Sandy also points out that he is very impressed with the structure and believes that the car will most likely recieve a 5 star crash rating.
Sandy passes the torch to Ben Lindamood who then gives some information on some of the safety testing that has already been done on the vehicle as well as weight, structural advantages, design choices that Munro likes and doesn’t as well as an analysis of space and more.
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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: