Sam joins Leo to talk about cars. This weekend is the Indy 500 and Leo says it's a lot different from Formula 1, which he thinks is more exciting, especially when you go to Monaco. Sam says that in the last 25 years, the technology transfer from racing to consumer-driven cars has been greatly diminished due to regulations. But there are still some advancements that influence car design, even if it's not noticeable.
Scott joins Leo to talk about Citroen's new car subscription service called "Free2Move." It's a car-sharing subscription service that's ideal for people living in the city. Great for people who may have a need for a car from time to time, but don't really want the expense that comes with parking spots and insurance. The Citroen Ami cars are electric and have a top speed of about 28 mph and a range of about 200 miles on a single charge.
George keeps hearing about new Tesla car battery technology that promises a million miles before replacing. Leo says he'll believe it when he sees it. There are always stories about new battery technologies that promise great things but are short on delivering. However, the battery capacity is getting better every year and the range is improving as well, so he may have to charge less often, and when he does, it'll be faster to recharge.
But a million-mile battery? Not likely.
Sam joins Leo to talk about NVidia's developer's conference, which is coming up. It's free this year, and Sam says it will highlight the latest in video gaming technology and what they are doing in the Automotive space.
Meanwhile, electric vehicles are going off-road, with EVs taking on desert racing. EVs are just as fast as gas-powered cars, and the challenge is keeping the batteries in good shape during the sandy desert conditions.
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.