Tesla's car-production tent embarrassingly dubbed ‘stone age of auto manufacturing’ (VIDEO)
"This is the stone age of auto manufacturing," wrote Twitter user @skabooshka, introducing his aerial footage of the newly erected giant manufacturing tent at Tesla's Fremont factory car park.
In order to keep up with production levels of the Model 3, Tesla has erected an assembly line inside a huge tent in a bid to reach the targeted manufacturing volume of 5,000 units per week.
Flying in the face of any scientific and engineering knowledge, Elon Musk says his ad-hoc assembly line is state-of-the-art. In fact, it's an embarrassment. Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, aerial footage of Tesla's "alien dreadnaught". https://t.co/jZuAD8vVmW— skabooshka (@skabooshka) 27 июня 2018 г.
Despite the futuristic appearance of the “Alien Dreadnought” factory, outdated production techniques are being used inside, the video reveals.
Flying over the structure, the drone footage shows cars being hand-built on a manual line at the right side of the tent. A forklift is being used in the assembly process. On the left side of the tent, there appears to be a lot of junk, kitting, and material storage space.
"This assembly line is still being configured, cannot produce anything but test vehicles, and is limited to making only a token number of vehicles," @skabooshka explained on Twitter.
This is a manual line. Cars will be hand-built on the conveyor, which you can see in the right side of the tent. At the beginning of the line, a FORKLIFT (!) loads the frame onto the conveyor. This is the stone age of auto manufacturing. pic.twitter.com/OryE3Gmilr— skabooshka (@skabooshka) 27 июня 2018 г.
While Elon Musk defended his tent-style assembly facility just hours after the video was shot, @skabooshka asked: "When will Elon Musk stop lying to the public about what his company can achieve? Or, when will the public, regulatory bodies, and elected officials begin to hold him accountable?"
Musk earlier stated in separate commentary on a video posted on Twitter by an NBC Bay Area reporter: “No standard automotive solution could be built in time, so we created a new solution. It is working and has slightly higher quality than the more traditional general assembly line.”
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