Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo with some car news! GM will announce that they will become a 100% electric vehicle car company at the Super Bowl today. The "Everybody In" campaign is designed to tell people that EVs are for everyone.
Reports are that Hyundai's KIA Motors has signed a manufacturing partnership with Apple for $3.6 billion. Does this mean that the Apple car is real? Leo says it sure looks that way. The cars may be built in Georgia, which Leo says is a good move to have more cars being made in the USA. The rumor is that we'll see an electric Apple Car in 2024/25, and there are plans for 100,000 cars a year.
Sam joins Leo to talk about the Mercedes EQS Electric Vehicle that has a 56" screen for a dashboard. But Sam says it's actually three screens under a single sheet of Gorilla Glass. The dimensions are actually around 18-20" apiece. Interestingly, they are designed so that the driver can't see the passenger screen. So passengers can enjoy a movie or other pastimes during a long drive.
The center display also has a zero layer design, which has everything you really need to the top layer of the display, so a driver isn't distracted by drilling down on menus.
The embargo is over and Sam can finally give us a review of the new Mustang Mach E. This new electric "Mustang" is very impressive, according to Sam. Many people haven't considered the Mach E a legitimate Mustang, but Sam says that it's sporty and fits the Mustang DNA, even though you're sitting a bit higher. It's not as quick as a Tesla, though it can do 0-60 in about five seconds. And much of the features seem like a Tesla, including a 15" touch screen in the center of the dashboard. Sam says it's one of the best UI's on a car touch screen he's seen to date.
Sam joins Leo to talk about charging an electric vehicle at home. Leo says that what stops people from buying an EV is the concern at charging at home. Sam says that the Mustang Mach E will charge at 150kw, the Tesla 250kw, Porche Ticon 300 kw. Leo says the length of time it takes is also an issue. You can fill up your tank in less than 5 minutes. But at 150kw charger takes 40 minutes. Sam says that Hyundai's Ionic5 line will support 350kw charging, which will add 60 miles of charge in 5 minutes.
Sam joins Leo to highlight BMWs latest electronic vehicle: the iX. Launching in early 2022, it's an SUV crossover that has a questionable design. Sam says that BMW has gotten a bit "off the rails" with their design recently. It'll also be cellular-connected to allow for vehicle-to-vehicle infrastructure communications, and also be equipped with LIDAR sensors.
Today, Sam joins Leo to talk about the coming snowfall as we head into the winter months. And that means preparing your car for the winter. Some things you can do:
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 joins Leo to talk about an email that Leo got recently that his Mustang Mach E will be built just before Thanksgiving. Sam says that it'll be built by the end of a day and then be shipped from Mexico to Leo. It'll probably get here in early December and arrive at a local dealership.
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.