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Model Y Series: Episode 36: The Octovalve

Model Y Series: Episode 36: The Octovalve

Episode 36: The Octovalve

Here’s episode 36 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro walks us through the details of the octovalve and heat pump system. Bonus, Sandy also shares a little Detroit Red Wings history with us to start.

With the octovalve and heat pump system completely disassembled, Sandy gives us a detailed overview of the components that comprise it, and explains how they’re made and what functions they perform.

Sandy also explains what to expect in the standalone report for the heat pump system, which will be for sale in the next few weeks.

Check out the full details 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.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store.

Model Y Series: Episode 35: Individual Battery Cell Removal & MY-M3 Battery Module Comparison

Episode 35: Individual Battery Cell Removal & MY-M3 Battery Module Comparison

Episode 35: Individual Battery Cell Removal & MY-M3 Battery Module Comparison

In episode 35 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro compares the Model Y and Model 3 battery modules.

Now that the Model Y battery has returned from being safely discharged, Sandy takes a closer look and compares the modules from the Model Y and Model 3, and highlights the changes that have been made between the two.

To end the episode, with a Dremel and chisel in hand, Sandy demonstrates what’s involved in removing a single cylindrical cell from the Model Y battery module and compares it to a single cylindrical cell from the Model 3.

Check out the full details 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.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store.

Model Y Series: Episode 34: Autopilot, Acceleration & Turns on Rails in Second Model Y

Model Y Series: Episode 34: Autopilot, Acceleration & Turns on Rails in Second Model Y

Episode 34: Autopilot, Acceleration & Turns on Rails in Second Model Y

Welcome to episode 34 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro takes advantage of the nice Michigan weather and takes a look at the second Model Y.

As part of the dynamic portion of a Fit, Finish, and Quality (FFQ) audit, Sandy takes the Model Y for a ride. From the ride and acceleration to the autopilot and functionality, Sandy describes what he likes, how it compares to other vehicles, and shares a few stories along the way.

Check out the full details 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.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store.  Also, you can find the Uberturbine cocktail table, which is available here.

Model Y Series: Episode 33: Breakdown of the Body-in-White

Model Y E33: Sparks Fly for a Breakdown of the Body-in-White

Episode 33: Breakdown of the Body-in-White

We’re at episode 33 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro discusses the body-in-white (BIW) as it starts to be dismantled.

This episode starts off with sparks, as a Munro engineer begins breaking down the BIW using an air arc.

Sandy then walks us through the design of the Model Y and what has to happen when designing the body for manufacturability and functionality. He takes a look at welding strategies, panel shingling and structural doublers and more.

Check out the full details 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.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store.  Also, you can find the Uberturbine cocktail table, which is now available here.

Model Y Series: Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Model Y Series: Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Welcome back to episode 32 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro compares three major types of high voltage (HV) batteries.

To start, while we wait for our Model Y module to return from being discharged, Sandy takes a close look at the substructure of a Model 3 HV battery.

Next, Sandy walks us through the specifics of three major types of HV batteries: cylindrical; prizmatic; and pouch. He reviews the constructions available on the market today, while demonstrating the pros and cons.

Check out the full details 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.

Also, Sandy shares the Uberturbine cocktail table now available here.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store

Episode 31: Environmental Stewardship on the Exterior Trim, Door Modules & Motor Bay

Model Y E31 Environmental Stewardship on the Exterior Trim, Door Modules, and Motor Bay

Episode 31: Environmental Stewardship on the Exterior Trim, Door Modules & Motor Bay

Welcome back to episode 31 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro walks us through some of the key features Tesla has put in place to save the environment.

To start off the episode, Sandy reviews the progression of chromed and plated parts from the Model S through the Model Y, pointing out why less “bling” benefits in both reduced environmental impact and reduced cost.

As he continues, Sandy takes us through the recycling process of a door and door module, and takes a look at how and why Tesla can get away with very little paint beneath the frunk.

Check out the full details 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.

Also, the MunroLive merchandise store is live! Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store

Model Y Series: Episode 29: Body-in-White

Model Y E29: Down to the Naked Body-in-White (BIW) - Oil Canning, Roof Racks, More Insulation

Episode 29: Body-in-White  

Welcome back to episode 29 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro takes a look at the vehicle’s body-in-white (BIW).

In this episode, you will see that all of the parts have now been removed from the Model Y down to the BIW, allowing Sandy to take a look at all of the metallic parts of the vehicle that are now exposed. While you’ll notice the car is red, BIW is an industry-standard term for a vehicle in this state.

Sandy walks us through some noteworthy observations throughout the vehicle, including the: hinge pillar fastening; paint; rough welds; expanding insulation; oil canning in the floor pan; and provisions for the roof rack.

You can check out the full details 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 28: Inside the HV Battery, Refinements from the Model 3 & Airbag Demonstration

Model Y E28 Inside the High Voltage Battery, Refinements from the Model 3, and Airbag Deployment

Episode 28: Inside the HV Battery, Refinements from the Model 3 & Airbag Demonstration

In episode 28 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro demonstrates an airbag deployment and takes a look at the internals of the high voltage (HV) battery.

The episode starts off with a bang, as Sandy demonstrates the deployment of a side curtain airbag.

Next, Sandy dives into the internals of the HV battery and examines the changes that have been made since Munro’s initial teardown of the Model 3. He also shares some examples of lean design methodologies displayed within the battery pack.

You can check out the full details here and stay tuned for more on the battery in a future episode.

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.

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

Model Y Series: Episode 26: Reviews the Tow Package, Mega Castings & More

Model Y E26 Tow Package, Mega Castings Revisited, Weld Splash, Hunt for the Teslaract Cube 2

Welcome back to episode 26 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro reviews the tow package, mega castings, a not so great looking weld and hunts for the second “Teslaract” cube.

Starting off the episode, Sandy shows the connections for the trailer package, a new feature on the Model Y. This is good news for those who may want to add the option to tow later on with the connections already there.

Next, Sandy dives into a walk-through of the underside of the mega castings, sharing many of the characteristics and advantages. He also takes a look at extruded aluminum side-impact provisions in the sill, potential mounting provisions for an air suspension reservoir, and finds some welding issues.

To end the segment, Sandy goes on a hunt behind the subwoofer to see whether or not there’s a second foam stuffer cube.

You can see if he finds a second foam stuffer cube, as well as the full details of this episode 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.

As many viewers have expressed interest in purchasing parts from the Model Y, Munro has listed parts for sale on its support page. You can see what parts are available, including some from the Model 3 here.

Sandy Munro Discusses Tesla Manufacturing with Elon Musk on Third Row Tesla Podcast

During a recent episode of the Third Row Tesla podcast, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro joined the Third Row Tesla team along with special guest, Tesla CEO Elon Musk. You can listen to the full segment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pih4kU6yvz8.

It was a dynamic discussion full of some great tech specs, a revel from Musk, notable quotes from Munro and a lively conversation. Musk kicked-off the discussion by sharing his thoughts on the most significant changes in the Model Y. According to Musk, the top two are not consumer facing, although Tesla drivers value their benefits.

The first was the Model Y’s heat pump design with the Octovalve, which enables the Model Y to operate as efficiently as the Model 3 even though it is 10% heavier. He also shared that there was a fundamental paradigm shift in the design of the cooling circuit. This “next level” design applies the concept of a printed circuit board to cooling circuits to enable a very complex heat exchanger that you could not achieve with traditional approaches. He also highlighted the local heating loop design, which is critical in lower temperatures when most heat pumps fail.

Musk also highlighted the Model Y’s rear underbody casting, which differs from the Model 3. The way he explained it, the Model 3 is a like a patchwork quilt, which adds “insane” complexity in the body shop. Tesla adjusted this approach with the current Model Y, which has two, big high-pressure aluminum die-castings that are joined with other bits. Later this year, Musk hopes to move to a single piece casting that integrates the rear crash rails. Interestingly, this transition requires the world’s biggest casting machine – and Tesla has two of them! They’re starting to set-up the first machine next month and anticipate this transition to have a number of positive impacts, including reduced cost and a 30% reduction in the size of the body shop.

The conversation then moved onto the Cybertruck and its exoskeleton design that, according to Musk, “looks like CGI in real life.” Munro’s a fan of the truck, as well as the exoskeleton concept, in fact he has actually designed an airplane with an exoskeleton design, but the stylists “wouldn’t go for it.” Check out 15:45 mark for how Munro sums this up with the “car, career” expression.

The group then moved on to discuss the automation evolution and the top mistake of engineers: optimizing something that shouldn’t exist. Munro offered a nice example to highlight this point using a battery tray his shop worked on in the past.

Musk then addressed a question about factory improvements and he shared that each factory is an improvement over the last, although it’s not just about cost and simplifying. He then announced the new Berlin Color Lab, which offers the capabilities to apply three layers of paint to add dimension. This is being done in Berlin for the first time.

At this point, the conversation switched to Munro. He admits that he didn’t always love EVs. He only did the Model 3 teardown because a customer backed out of the project and Munro had already purchased the vehicle. He decided to still do the teardown and try to sell the reports, which he now considers a divine accident.

The panel then asked why more of the legacy automakers are not doing more with EVs and Munro suggested this is because they don’t think the change is necessary and they don’t take EVs seriously. According to Munro, the only serious contender has been the BMW i3, but the car was too ugly and had no marketing support. Then there was the Chevy Bolt, but he feels that was basically an expensive Spark. According to Munro, no one is serious about catching Tesla.

The conversation ends with a discussion about the need and importance of cultural change among legacy carmakers. According to Munro, this is 10% technology, 90% psychology. The technology part is easy but the psychology is more difficult. Automakers need the tools, training and time needed for cultural change.

Check out the full conversation – available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pih4kU6yvz8 – for full details. You can also learn more about the Third Row Crew members via the below links:

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. 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!