Sam joins Leo today to talk about the current trend of "RestoMods," which is taking an older car, restoring it, and then adding more advanced mechanics to it. Modern brake systems, suspensions, and engines to name a few. That way you get a car that looks like a classic but drives like a modern car. The latest iteration is to create a classic car with an electric drive train. And there's a company that's doing Jaguar Type E retrofits. How much? Sam's guess is that conversions will start at $50K.
Sam joins Leo in studio to talk about eBikes and roundabouts. Sam says that traffic fatalities have increased in Motorcycles, and rescinding helmet laws is a dumb idea that has direct consequences. Wear a helmet and proper protective gear to protect yourself, even on an eBike. Onto roundabouts: Sam says that roundabouts can really aid in traffic flow. But many don't know how to handle them. So when you hit a roundabout, treat it as an all-way yield, and enter as is safe. Porche is coming out with an electric vehicle, and it's 0-60 in under 2 seconds.
Sam joins us to talk about Harley Davidson's new LiveWire eBike. It has a range of 140 miles and is rated at 88mph top speed. In reality, though, it's more like 80-90 miles of range. But 0-60 in 3 seconds! Leo says it accelerates like a rocket! And Harley has deals with Electrify America and other charging outlets to offer 500 hours free charging when you buy one. But Sam doesn't think Harley will sell as many as their classic hogs, still, he also says that there's a new market emerging.
Sam joins Leo to talk about being careful with the heat about leaving a pet or child in the car. Even for a few minutes, it could cause irreparable harm from heatstroke. Some car manufacturers are now detecting if someone is left in the car and will alert you to check the back seat. Leo likes that. Tesla also has a "dog mode" which will run the air conditioning if someone or a pet is in the car and will also put an alert on the screen so that people won't break windows.
Sam wants to talk about DC Fast charging, which some are complaining is as expensive as buying gas. Sam says it's not that bad, but you will pay a premium because of the amount of power that must be supplied to meet the peak load demand in fast charging centers. Sam says you can save if you do DC Fast charging on a regular basis by having a subscription plan for charging. Ala carte is always more expensive because of connection fees. Subscription plans offer waived connection fees and a lower per minute charge.
Sam was at the Formula E electric car races today. He said they sound a lot like TIE Fighters when they race. The races can be viewed on YouTube. Sam also got to test drive Porche new secret electric vehicle. Leo calls it his dream car.
Sam is back to talk about whether car screens would start pushing ads to your car's infotainment computer screen. Soon, you'll be able to add apps to your car's computer interface, and that could lead to ads. Already, Starbucks and Dominos have deals with Ford and other manufacturers to include their apps on their infotainment systems. But car companies say they have no plans to do it, even though it's can be done. Leo says what's cool is two-way communication between, say parking lots and the car, enabling the driver to know if there are parking spots available.
Sam joins Leo to talk about HD Maps and how they triangulate your position with not just satellites, but also maps generated from radar and lidar in your car. Accuracy is to the centimetre that way. It's the future of navigation. Mobile Eye is one such company that is working to put HD Maps in cars. Nissan's ProPilot will also have it this fall. Cars are also going to be getting ground penetrating radar to add to the accuracy to the navigation by identifying the location of what's underground as well. All that data is collated and adds to HD Maps.
Sam says that tires are really the key component of any car, much less an electric car. Toyota had a prototype car in the 24 hours of LaMan's and there was a flat tire that caused a car to lose, because the pit crew changed the wrong tire due to a sensor reading attributed to the wrong wheel. Sam says that keeping our tires healthy and properly inflated is the best thing to do for your car after changing the oil. Michelin is also working on an airless tire, that won't need to be inflated from time to time and will eliminate the worry of a blow out.
Sam was in Manhattan NY this week and he didn't do any driving while there because of all the traffic. So he took the subway. Sam says that in Manhattan, Autonomous Vehicles are a prime application to better the flow of traffic. But he also says it would be a terrible thing in a lot of ways. One company could dominate, but that would be a monopoly and a bad thing. Imagine bad actors infiltrating a single company's AV fleet. That would be disastrous. Several different car companies with diverse technologies would be safer, cheaper, and likely more efficient.