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A Quick Joy Ride For Ben in the Mach-E and Sandy’s Gripes With The ID.4 IP

Ben takes the mostly disassembled Ford Mach-E for a joy ride

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).

Munro and Sabic Explain New VW ID.4 Battery Tray

Sabic and Munro Associates Innovation Workshop VW ID.4 Weight Reduction

Munro and Sabic Explain New VW ID.4 Battery Tray

In this fascinating long-format episode, Sandy along with John Waters (Technology and Innovations Leader) from Sabic begin by telling stories about the EV 1 battery tray which both of them worked on in the past.  Sandy talks about how the OEM slowed down the process and caused Delco, where John used to work, to jump through several prototype hoops which were unproductive, but eventually the Lean Design, weight-reduced and fire-retardent superior design was chosen.

Moving on, the group meets up with Dave Sullivan (Leader, Americas Automotive Marketing as Sabic) and they walk through the new project and discuss the combined efforts of the group (over 40 people total) who came together for the Munro Sabic and VW workshop as well as suppliers.

The episode then winds through the innovation workshop and highlights the findings and process that culminated in a 53% weight reduction of the battery tray.  If you are a product design engineer, you don’t want to miss this episode.  Click below to watch the full video: