Tesla has been branded as a manufacturer of poor quality vehicles, but in a recent interview, CEO Elon Musk said the criticism was “accurate.”
Speaking to manufacturing expert Sandy Munro, Musk clarified his company’s flaws, explained why problems such as poor paintwork and the design of the Model 3 are common, and states that “production is hell”.
‘It took [Tesla] a while to … iron out the production process, “said the billionaire.
He went on to explain that Tesla was struggling to correct the details while production was in “vertical climb mode”.
It is known that the Model 3 design looks like a “Frankenstein situation” with different materials put together like a puzzle. This is due to the use of different materials that do not always go together, as reported by Jalopnik.
Musk also announced that the best time to buy a Tesla is “either to buy it right away or when production reaches steady-state”.
“But during this production ramp, it’s very difficult to be in vertical climb mode and get everything right in the small details,” explained the CEO.
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Speaking to manufacturing expert Sandy Munro (right), Elon Musk clarified his company’s flaws and explained why problems such as poor paintwork and the design of the Model 3 are common, noting that “production is hell”.
Tesla has been recalled multiple times by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In November 2020, the company recalled 9,500 vehicles because the headliner might come off and the screws might not have been properly tightened.
The last one doesn’t come until this month, when Tesla is recalling 135,000 Model S and Y vehicles at the request of the NHTSA, which have been found to have touchscreen errors on such models that interfere with other functions.
However, there seems to be a common problem with Tesla vehicles – the paintwork.
‘It took [Tesla] a while to … iron out the production process, “said the billionaire. He went on to explain that Tesla was struggling to correct the details while production was in “vertical climb mode”.
Musk said when Tesla ramped up production, “the paint wasn’t necessarily drying enough” because his team was racing cars through the process.
“Production is hell,” said Musk.
‘The unique thing about Tesla is the serial production. I think Tesla is the first American startup auto company to go into mass production in 100 years. ‘
Munro is a longtime Tesla owner and while the vehicles had their flaws, he praised Musk for the seats the company makes in-house.
Musk stated when Tesla ramped up production, “the paint wasn’t necessarily drying enough” because his team was racing cars through the process
The custom seats are designed to minimize “pressure peaks” that can disrupt circulation and injure certain areas of the body while sitting.
Musk reveals that Tesla’s first seats in the Model S, which he calls the “stone toad stool,” weren’t designed for comfort and it would be some time before your body collapses.
“So we went from the toad stool to a game of luxury, something that just feels great,” he said.
The discussion was not filled with praise, however, as Munro sparked the discussion about the Model 3 weakening design.
Musk explains that Tesla has the “best materials science team in the world,” tasked with choosing the best materials for building vehicles.
The problem, however, is that they all suggest different materials, resulting in around 50 different suggestions.
And while Musk says they are actually the best, collectively they aren’t true.
“When you’re trying to join all of these different alloys, you have gaps to fill in, and you have to join these things, and some of them have to be riveted, some of them have to be spot welded, some have to be joined Resin or resin and spot welds, ”he continued.
Munro sparked the discussion about the Model 3 weakening design. Musk explains that Tesla has the “best materials science team in the world,” tasked with choosing the best materials for building vehicles
The Model 3 design is known to look like a “Frankenstein situation” where different materials are put together like a puzzle, as different materials are used that do not always go together
Musk explained that putting all the materials together looks a bit like a “Frankenstein situation,” but the real nightmare is closing the gaps between the pieces.
“This is perhaps the most painful job in the factory, sealing the sealant,” he says, noting that even the slightest mistake in mending parts can lead to leaks and other problems.
Munro asks why newer Model 3s still use such a multi-piece tailgate design instead of a single casting like the Model Y.
“It’s hard to change wheels on the bus when it’s 80 mph down the highway,” replied Musk, saying the Model 3 represents so much of the automaker’s volume that the company is[needs] an opportunity to revamp the factory without blowing up cash flow. ‘