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 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.
Sam says there's a new electric vehicle coming called the Canoo. It's a passenger or cargo van that looks like a "lozenge" on wheels and is one of the first to use steer by wire steering. You will also bring your own device to have an instrument panel through the Canoo app. The idea is that you won't own the car, but you'll have a monthly subscription fee to drive it. And if you want to trade it for another color or style, you can. It also includes service and insurance. Future plans include having trucks and sedans. Monthly fees will vary by location. Available in 2021.
Sam joins Leo to talk about Ultra Wide Band (UWB) which is coming to mobile phones and cars. The iPhone 11 has UWB, but it's not turned on yet. It's wireless band technology that operates within 6-8 GHz. Google's Pixel 4 will probably have a UWB chip as well. The benefit is going to be that you can directionally connect with devices. It can work with IoT devices, and carmakers will shift to it for keyless entry. It's not uncommon for manufacturers to put hardware into a device even when the software isn't ready, and then turn it on with a firmware update.
Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Porche Taycon, which is going to be very expensive at around $150,000. But it also goes 0-60 in 3 seconds, so it's extremely fast. Its range is only about 200 miles on a single charge in ideal conditions. Most likely, it's more like 130-140 mile range. The eTron is going to be a lot more affordable from Audi. But Sam says that some of the technologies in cars like this will eventually trickle down to lower-priced cars as time goes on. And look for a Mustang-inspired EV at next year's LA Auto Show. Ford is also going to put out an F150 EV next year.
Myron has a hybrid vehicle with battery assist. Will it last? Leo says that early hybrids may not have been that sophisticated, but that he wouldn't worry too much about its battery life. They're designed for that. What's more important is how you keep your batteries within a set temperature range.
Are they safe if there's an accident? Leo says the battery was designed for impact and is why those hybrid cars are a little heavier. They absorb and deflect more impact energy. They also have crumple zones to absorb the impact. That makes modern cars far safer now than decades past.
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 recently completed his test drive of the Audi eTron, a mid-size electric crossover vehicle. It's Audi's first all-electric vehicle. Audi expects by 2025, that 30% of all sales will be electric vehicles. Sam says that it also charges about 30% faster using an Electrify America charger, vs. a standard charger. Very fast charging. Up to 80% in 30 minutes. The eTron drives very well, smooth ride with almost no wind noise. Exceptionally quiet. If you love driving Audi's this car is for you.
This week, Dickie D was at the 2019 NY auto show and saw an interesting electric truck concept by Rivian. But it became a lot more interesting with an article about Ford in Thursday's (4/25/19) New York Times. Seems Ford is VERY interested in this truck and this company and is investing $500 million in it. That's after Amazon's $700 million investment, so Rivian must be on to something big! Amazon reportedly wants them to build electric delivery trucks for them. Rivian has introduced the first fully electric truck Dickie D has heard of: the Adventure R1T.
The newest TESLA coming is the TESLA Model Y. The plan will be that it available in about 18 months, in 2020, You can put down $2500 fully refundable deposit to reserve it when it launches. Sam says it's not really worth putting a deposit down becauase it really doesn't give you an advantage over anyone else to get the car when it comes out. The Model Y is a hatchback version of the Tesla Model 3, sharing about 70% of the same components.