Rivian vs. Hummer EV Results Plus Sandy announces massive Tesla Giveaway!
Well, the votes are in and it is a clear winner. When announced in the last video that we wanted your input on which vehicle to pick next for Munro to analyze/study next, the hands-down winner was Rivian. With Rivian being the vehicle of most interest to our group of followers we are in the plans of how we will make a series on this going forward.
But now onto the real topic of the day… Munro’s 100,000 subscribers give away extravaganza!
From calipers to hood shields, scripts to a high-top table made from a tire and wheel, many Tesla car parts will be up for grabs in this race to 100,000 subscribers. Over 70 items will be up for award to the next 7000 or so subscribers that we need to reach 100K subs. We are still unsure how we are picking people but that will probably be announced in the next video. Don’t miss out on your chance to win one of these unique items – subscribe now!
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In a move that is probably more to set a precedent than anything else, Tesla is suing EV truck rival Rivian for violating Trade Secrets law. During the last little while, roughly 70 employees have left Tesla for Rivian, and Tesla is now claiming that several of these ex-employees who have jumped ship have brought with them valuable intellectual property and secrets that Telsa can’t abide by.
Rivian, although starting up around ten years ago, has been a little under the radar for some until the last few years when their product has come into the media’s focus. With recent investments coming with Ford ($500M) and Amazon ($700M) and an overall fundraising of upwards of $5 Billion over it’s time, Rivian could stand to be a real competitor with Telsa, especially in the truck race.
Both companies can boast of impressive new technologies, but now it seems as if the competitive waters are going to turn choppy, starting with the legal end of things.
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Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro and Mark Ellis, senior lead design consultant, recently sat down with Sean Mitchell of All Things EV to discuss the Tesla Model 3, EV technology and manufacturing, and the upcoming Tesla Model Y.
The discussion covers a variety of topics, nicely outlined by Sean here:
What does Munro & Associates do? 1:06
What is your technical background? 3:03
What are traditional automakers doing well with EVs? 5:13
What pending EV are you most excited about? 11:38
Why are we not seeing more competitive range EVs from traditional OEMs? 13:57
Do EV makers need to create their own cells to be competitive? 16:22
Will Tesla get into the battery raw materials business? 22:01
Why is the Model 3 over-manufactured? 26:44
Is a 204 mile e-tron and 235 mile I-Pace viable for the luxury EV market? 31:25
What do you make of Rivian’s product and will Ford take advantage of their tech? 36:41
What did you discover between how Tesla and others approached overall design and manufacturing? 45:36
You’ve compared Tesla’s hardware tech to what you see in fighter jets, can you expound on that? 52:50
Interestingly, Sandy shares that Munro has plans to acquire and tear down an early Model Y. He’s most interested to see what changes Tesla has made to the body, as well as what the wiring looks as it’s reduced from over a kilometer to a few hundred meters.