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.

Sam Abuelsamid ... the best time of the year

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1726

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 ... 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.