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Lead Image: Auto manufacturing expert Sandy Munro at the Charged EV Engineering virtual conference (Source: Charged)
Posted on EVANNEX on September 13, 2020 by Charles Morris
Auto manufacturing expert Sandy Munro knows cars the way a surgeon knows bodies. His company performs teardowns, taking new cars apart and analyzing every little bracket and screw to find out what it's made of, who made it, and how much it cost. He's had a lot to say about Tesla's vehicles—he praised Model 3's battery tech and electronics, but slammed the build quality, then later noted a "1,000% improvement" for Model Y.
Munro combines his deep knowledge with an engaging and entertaining speaking style, so he's very much in demand these days for EV industry videos and podcasts. He recently appeared in a Virtual Conference on EV Engineering hosted by Charged, talking about EV motors and inverters.
In the first of two video presentations, Comparing 10 Leading EV Motors, Sandy compares an assortment of electric motors used in current production EVs: the Jaguar I-PACE, Tesla Model 3, Audi e-tron, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius.
One of the goals of Munro's teardowns is to figure out how much, if any, margin an automaker is earning on a particular model. Automakers don't tend to disclose these figures in any detail. However, execs from several of the legacy brands have admitted that they aren't making much profit on their EVs, and Munro's research seems to confirm that.