EVs

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. 

Used Tesla Car Dealer Sells Car with Autopilot. Tesla Turns it Off

Tesla

Episode 1667

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 Abuelsamid and the Electric Skateboard

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1651

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. 

Elon Musk Announces Tesla Cyber Truck

Tesla Cyber Truck

Episode 1646

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 Abuelsamid and the Backseat Byton

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1639

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 Abuelsamid .... the electrical architecture

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1597

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. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... charged up

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1593

Sam recently completed his test drive of the Audi eTron, a mid-size electric crossover vehicle. It's Audi's first all-electric vehicle. Audi expects by 2025, that 30% of all sales will be electric vehicles. Sam says that it also charges about 30% faster using an Electrify America charger, vs. a standard charger. Very fast charging. Up to 80% in 30 minutes. The eTron drives very well, smooth ride with almost no wind noise. Exceptionally quiet. If you love driving Audi's this car is for you.

How can I get good cell service in Mexico?

MyFi Device

Episode 1591

Steve from Trabuco Canyon, CA

Steve is traveling to Mexico and wants to know what's the best way to stay connected with data. Leo recommends PrepaidwithData.wikia.com. It'll also tell you the best hotspots. Get a MyFi card and you get LTE with up to five devices connected. What about phone calls? Leo says that most companies actually offer you a better deal by adding Mexico and Canada to your plan.