Back in April of last year, we had a post discussing how Tesla managed to set up its Fremont factory on the cheap. Now Wired has a video showing just what happens in the factory (Peek Inside Tesla’s Robotic Factory, Jul 16).
Some points worth making. Tesla is operating a much lower volume than a conventional plant. They are making all of 400 cars a week. That volume has to have some implications for some of their technology choices. Consider those spiffy self-guide vehicles that are carrying chassis through assembly. On the one hand, this gives them more flexibility to redesign the line and change the process than if they had a conventional conveyor system in place. On the other, these systems have to be slower and would likely be significantly more expensive to expand if volume picks up.