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.
Sam joins Leo to talk about the new electric Jeep Wrangler. Leo says that the Jeep Wrangler is extremely popular. People just love them. So an electric version makes sense. Chrysler is also offering for 4 wheelers, solar-powered charging stations at popular off-roading locations. Users will be able to stop and plug in to recharge emissions-free. One of the first locations will be the Rubicon.
In other EV news, Ford Mustang Mach E buyers can now use an app to customize their Mach E before taking delivery.
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 joins Leo to talk about Bed 3, the third generation electric vehicle by General Motors. GM believes that the Bed 3 will be the electric vehicle platform that will take the generation propulsion architecture mainstream. Bed 3 will also eliminate the use of cobalt in the battery system and make it easier for servicing and reuse.
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.
A used car dealer bought a used Tesla directly from the carmaker, with autopilot and a host of other features. He then passed the car along to a customer who wanted the autopilot feature. Tesla turned it off, saying that the customer didn't pay Tesla for the feature. Leo says that is the realm we are in now, companies can disable features and hold them hostage until the new owner pays up.
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.
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 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 joins Leo to talk about how the electrical architecture of E Vehicles is evolving. The wiring of modern electric vehicles can have as much as 2 miles of copper wire built into them. Hundreds of sensors. Connectors, and more. Manufacturers are trying to simplify it. Now they're starting to use CanBus, which is essentially like Ethernet, that allows computers in your car to talk to each other. So the modern electric vehicle is essentially a computer network.