ChrisEV wrote:Tesla 3 teardown:
Some of the comments about build quality are worrisome to me.
Clearly, this car remains stuck somewhere between pre-production and mass production still. I suspect that when Tesla has cleared the backlog of pre-orders from the poor souls that get the first wave, they will produce a V2 with all that stuff sorted out. It is not a simple task to move from fairly low production to mainstream, and many manufacturers took about 30 years plus. The 'Lean Manufacturing' model around the 'Toyota Production System' took Toyota 30 years to perfect, and they are still working on it, and most have copied it. Cars with those sorts of high level quality issues would not only fail to get far down the line, they wouldn't put them into production until they could be fairly certain those quality issues wouldn't arise at all. Tesla are trying to do 30 years of production development in about 3, so in many ways it is understandable that they are facing challenges in the area (but have done remarkably well considering). It has always been surprising to me that Tesla wanted to be completely vertically integrated, where I would have thought that they may have wanted to pair up with someone like Toyota or VW for the bodywork and fabrication expertise, leaving Tesla to concentrate on what they do best, which is the electric drive hardware, software and production. All this tells me what I already suspected, which is Tesla are a fantastic innovator, but have not yet passed the point where they can commercialise an affordable product at high volumes. This should be reflected in their market capitalisation numbers, but clearly the investment world know something I don't - patent value and first-mover advantage probably - but time could quickly catch up.
Maybe Tesla will even hold their hands up and delay roll-out further in order re-work all the fixes required - otherwise the warranty returns and fixes could become an unmanageable problem for them. The hood release trick in the video above, needing a 12v battery and jump leads is a horrible oversight - not only is that conceptually unfinished, it's downright dangerous - and that is to suppose you can access it to cut the power after a front-end impact (though you may not even need it if the front of the car crumples the hood anyway) - can't understand who signed that off from either an internal design point, or a Federal/ international safety point.