Electric Vehicles

Sam Abuelsmid sings an Aria

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1712

Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo to talk about Nissan's new electric vehicle, called the Nissan Aria. It will use CCS charging, which will offer 130 kW and faster charging. Sam adds that it's a typical compact SUV like the Toyota Rav 4. It will also have a level 3 auto-driving system with geofencing and speed limitations. It will also have a black box system to record all data and save it in an open format accessible through the OBD2 port. Drivers also won't have to take control very often when the system is engaged. 

Sam Abuelsamid and the OTA Ford F150

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1708

Sam says that the Ford F series is traditionally the top-selling brand in the US for over 40 decades. Ford builds one F150 every hour. This year, along with BMW, Ford is developing electronics that will enable over the air software updates, and at 200 teraflops, the F150 will be as powerful as a supercomputer. One upcoming feature will be the active driver system that's available on the Mustang Mach E.  That will make Ford's F150 one of the first trucks with hands-free operability. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... GiddyUp

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1706

Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo to talk about the Mustang MachE, an electric SUV Crossover with the DNA of a Ford Mustang. It's the first EV from Ford designed from the ground up. Sam also says it signals where the industry of a  whole is going, with software-defined features and functions that can be unlocked and upgraded once in the field and sold to customers. GM is also planning for over the air software updates with the same concept. 

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.