Mark bought a new Tesla Model 3, but he wondered if he should cancel the order and buy a Mustang Mach E instead. Leo says he drove a Model X for a few years and loved it. But he also loves his Mach E. So Leo thinks you'll be happy with either one.
Sam joins Leo to talk about a new RoboTaxi service called Moovit being tested in Munich, GER using an auto-driven taxi by Neo called the ES8. Sam says that what's interesting is that the ES8 has "battery swapping," where the car's battery would be able to be swapped out by simply pulling into a station. The swap takes about three minutes and is fully automated. So EV drivers won't have to wait an hour to charge their battery. Sam says commercial fleets and taxis; battery swapping makes a lot of sense. But for a regular consumer, it's isn't really that practical.
Sam joins Leo to talk about the recent Chevy Bolt recall. This isn't the first recall that Chevy has faced of the Bolt's battery having the potential to catch fire. Seven fires triggered the recall. Sam says there are suggested settings to prevent your car battery from overcharging. Including not charging it over 90% or deep discharging it. Read the recall notice for details. Also, GM recommends parking your car away from your house just in case.
Sam joins Leo to talk about a recent experience he had going on a road trip with an electric vehicle: he got a Mustang Mach E and went on a 600-mile journey. Overall, it was a positive experience, Sam says. But there is the potential of a charging station being out of order without notice. And with there not being enough charging stations nationwide yet, it creates "range anxiety" for people traveling. If you can't recharge and don't have enough power to find the next charging station, you could be stuck.
This week, Ford announced their new F150 Lightning, an electric version of their iconic pickup design. Sam says that the F150L is aimed directly at the commercial market, and it isn't strictly a lifestyle consumer-oriented truck. One of the cool benefits is the "Frunk," a 14 sq foot trunk where the engine normally goes, which can carry up to 400 lbs. The frunk also has 4 120v outlets for its pro power electric system. Great for working and building on location, where you don't have access to electricity. It also has a crew cab, dual motors, and four-wheel drive.
Scott joins Leo to talk about Citroen's new car subscription service called "Free2Move." It's a car-sharing subscription service that's ideal for people living in the city. Great for people who may have a need for a car from time to time, but don't really want the expense that comes with parking spots and insurance. The Citroen Ami cars are electric and have a top speed of about 28 mph and a range of about 200 miles on a single charge.
George keeps hearing about new Tesla car battery technology that promises a million miles before replacing. Leo says he'll believe it when he sees it. There are always stories about new battery technologies that promise great things but are short on delivering. However, the battery capacity is getting better every year and the range is improving as well, so he may have to charge less often, and when he does, it'll be faster to recharge.
But a million-mile battery? Not likely.
Sam joins Leo to talk about NVidia's developer's conference, which is coming up. It's free this year, and Sam says it will highlight the latest in video gaming technology and what they are doing in the Automotive space.
Meanwhile, electric vehicles are going off-road, with EVs taking on desert racing. EVs are just as fast as gas-powered cars, and the challenge is keeping the batteries in good shape during the sandy desert conditions.
Sam joins Leo to talk about the Netflix series: Drive to Survive, about Formula 1 racing. Leo says it's gotten him to start watching the actual races. Sam says that Formula 1 racing has been traditionally expensive, with companies spending nearly a half-billion a year on the effort. There is technology transfer between racing and actual car manufacturing. And companies like Ferrari have their entire reputation built on racing performance and success.