Electric Vehicles

Sam Abuelsamid ... in the driver's seat

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1672

Sam joins Leo to talk about the latest over the air updates by Tesla. Tesla recently removed auto drive from a used car bought by a user, which caught a ton of bad press. Tesla's position was that the upgrade was attached to the driver, not the car itself. But eventually, they relented and gave the new owner back the advanced feature. This is why Sam advises people to buy an electric vehicle based on what it can do today, not what it may do down the road because new features will likely be required to pay a fee to enable. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... Hummering along

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1666

General Motors is resurrecting the old HUMMER brand name and will soon be releasing an electric pickup truck with that name. But it won't be a separate car line, but a model. You'll get a glimpse of it during today's Super Bowl. It isn't anything too futuristic in its design either, favoring a traditional pickup look. There will also be coming out with a Ford F150 electric truck, and one from Fisker. Then there's that Tesla Cybertruck. Sam says it'll be interesting how well an eTruck performs since the range is going to be the big issue.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Decompressed

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1660

Sam is back from CES and joins Leo to talk about what he saw. What surprised Sam was the Sony Vision S Concept Car. A 4 door electric sedan, it looks a lot like a Tesla. The car was built by Magna International, which creates a lot of the parts that come in today's cars. They also build cars in Europe for Toyota, Jaguar, and others. This doesn't mean that Sony is getting into the car manufacturing business, but was meant to showcase all the electronics that they make for the Car industry.  

Sam Abuelsamid and the Electric Skateboard

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1651

Sam joins Leo to talk about something a bit different, but still an electric "vehicle." It's an electric skateboard. It was a GM concept from 2001, and it used hydrogen fuel cells. The concept has been adapted over the last 20 years to just about all dedicated electric vehicles. Leo wonders if Detroit is working to make car manufacturing more modular, so you can mix and match components for different electric models. Sam agrees. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... Mached

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1647

Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Ford Mustang Mach E, Ford's first dedicated electric vehicle. Leo says he's pretty excited about this one. Sam said Ford didn't want to create a "compliance car" to meet regulatory requirements. They wanted to create a car people would talk about. So they called it a Mustang and got designers to create something in the Spirit of Tesla, that's fast, has the Mustang DNA, and gets people excited. Sam says he thinks the Mach E is going to be a winner. It may not look like a Mustang, but Sam says that the performance will rival a gas-powered Mustang.

Elon Musk Announces Tesla Cyber Truck

Tesla Cyber Truck

Episode 1646

This week, Elon Musk announced the angular CyberTruck, for $39,000, due in 2022. Leo says that while Elon thinks out of the box, you have to take it with a grain of salt. Leo says it's a crazy design that looks like the Army would buy it. And there was a mishap with the so-called 
"bulletproof" glass, which promptly shattered when tested. But Leo likes Elon Musk because he throws his hat over the wall and believes there's no limit to his imagination. And Leo respects that. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... under pressure

Sam

Episode 1644

Sam joins Leo to talk about tire pressure. When the weather turns colder, tire pressure will drop. Warm air expands, while cold air contracts. So you may find in the wintertime that your tires are under-inflated. If your tires are too low or too high, it can affect the wear of your tire, as well as the handling. It can also cause tire failure as well. So it pays to make sure your tires are properly inflated, be it in hot or cold weather. 

Sam Abuelsamid and the Backseat Byton

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1639

Sam joins Leo from the back seat of a new electric vehicle called the Byton, founded by former executives from BMW and Nissan. Sam says it's a decent design with a nice interior. But the key design is a massive 48" display that spans the entire dashboard. The screen, which isn't a touchscreen, is too far away to touch it, so you use a touch interface to manipulate it.  Because it's so far away, it's closer to your line of sight, making it easier to keep it in focus and prevents you from looking away from the road. Leo says it's pretty weird.