Electric Vehicles

Sam Abuelsamid and the Electric Path

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1748

Sam joins Leo to talk about new processors for Hyundai electric vehicles. Using Nvidia Parker SOC chips, Hyundai will put them in all their future cars with 14" displays for powering their infotainment systems. Sam says that Nvidia has some amazing SOCs available with 30 trillion operations per second: 8 core ARM chips drive the whole thing with machine learning: 10GBit per second ethernet bus. It's a practical supercomputer for the road.

Sam Abuelsamid and the electric sled

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1742

Sam joins Leo to talk about "restomods." This is where you take a vintage vehicle and bring it up to date with modern technology. The current trend is an electric conversion of classic and vintage cars. GM showed off a 1950s era Chevy Truck, powered by a Chevy Volt powertrain. Also, a 1977 Chevy Blazer that has been EV converted. Chevy is developing an "electric connected cruise" kit that you can buy, which would enable you to install it and convert your classic car into an electric vehicle.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Jump Started

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1736

Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo to talk about how you cannot jump start a gas car with an electric vehicle. The chief reason is that EVs have two batteries, one that runs the entire car system and acts as your main energy source, while the 12-volt battery runs things like windows and the radio. That extra 12-volt battery has a lower capacity and lower amps. There's also no alternator in an EV, like in a combustion engine. It has an inverter instead to handle DC to AC conversion.

Sam Abuelsamid ... the Lucid Air

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1728

Sam joins to Leo to talk more about Lucid Motors Air and it's new TIVA battery packs, which are based on their high-performance racing battery packs. The Lucid Air was shown this week with preorders and will be available in 2021. The "Dream" edition will be first at an MSRP of $169,000, with a lower-priced version in 2022 for around $80,000. The designer of the Tesla Model S is in charge of the company and he says the Air appeals to clientele that didn't feel the Model S was a premium luxury experience. So the Model Air addresses that.  It also has 113KW hours, vs. the Model S 98.

Is the Toyota Rav 4 Prime a good plugin hybrid?

2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime Plugin Hybrid

Episode 1724

Micah from Maine

Micah is interested in the Toyota Rav4 Prime Plugin Hybrid, which can go up to 40 miles before turning on the gas engine. What are Sam's thoughts? Sam Abuelsamid hasn't driven the Prime yet, but he has driven the Hybrid version that doesn't have a plugin feature and has a smaller battery. It can still go 42 miles and for most people, they will rarely use their gas engine driving around town. It's a lot like the Chevy Volt in that regard. Chevy data shows that 90% of all trips taken with the Volt didn't use a drop of gas.

Sam Abuelsamid ... getting Lucid

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1720

Sam joins Leo to talk about a new car company called LUCID, which will be building a new line of electric vehicles in Arizona. Leo says it's got a great design that omits headlights in favor of strips of Super Bright LED lights running across the nose. The VP of engineering was the designer of the Tesla Model S. Lucid also provides battery packs for electric racing leagues. 

Sam says that the Lucid will cost over $100,000 and will have a super high range battery as a result. 

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.