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 Does A Teardown Analysis Of The Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Motor
As Sandy points out at the beginning of this video, it is basically unheard of that a company would give us one of their products and permission to teardown and analyze it on our show. Most of the time Munro performs teardowns for companies in private with the data owned exclusively by them, or we choose to teardown a vehicle or product independently in order to sell the information to anyone if we think the technology is interesting or unique. But in this case, Volkswagen has given us permission to walkthrough the process of tearing down their ID.4 Motor on Munro Live.
VW modular concept design regarding the electric motor, housing, bearing shield, inverter and gearbox, allows them to take the ID.4 motor and stick in pretty much any suspensions system to adapt the motor to a variety of vehicles in their fleet. Most likely this choice is made so that they have agility to convert other non electric vehicles to electric in the future. This is a very smart business choice and shows that VW has a keen eye for thinking about their global market reach and creating flexibility.
Sandy points out comparisons with Telsa and other motors we have studies, but the real focus is on pretty much every single aspect of the ID.4 motor itself. If you have ever wanted to know anything about the ID.4 Motor, this 30+ minute video probably covers it, with the exception of cost and certain performance data.
For a very illuminating video that is sure to please a VW fan or EV enthusiast alike, watch the video below:
In this hilarious episode, Sandy encounters some of the frustrations you can experience at one of the Electrify America charging stations with the VW ID.4.
As this is very much a video-only experience, we won’t recount what happens, but after that Sandy discusses his views on the multiple proprietary plug situation at charging stations and reveals that a tech installing one of these charging stations says that it takes twice as long to install an Electrify America station as it does a Tesla.
Very interesting stuff, but if you want to get the full experience, you have to watch the video by clicking below:
This first episode in the series where Munro analyzes the Volkswagen ID.4, Sandy gives his first impression on what he sees when viewing the exterior and interior of the car. Also, it should be noted that this is the rear-wheel drive version of the ID.4.
Sandy starts off with a walk around the vehicle giving his impressions on the wheel choice, fit, finish, and quality, and the overall look of the vehicle.
Sandy then moves on to the interior where he discusses the seats, stearing wheel, infotainment system, and more. There is a slight mishap where Sandy also get locked in the back seat because the child locks are on; this also causes him to reveal his true feelings about child locks.
After that Sandy Looks at the trunk and gives his final impressions. To watch this episode, click below: