He wants Tesla to have exciting products, but he also wants the company to see the factory as a product. The machine that builds the machine, he calls it.
The CEO said his goal was to make the factory look more “foreign” than a factory. A machine that produces new electric vehicles with high automation and at a speed unprecedented in the automotive industry.
He first introduced this idea with the production of Model 3 vehicles at the Fremont plant.
Musk pointed out that the first version of the Model 3 production line will only be a “version 0.5” of the “alien dreadnought”, but that the line will be updated with more automation and he is considering a “version 3”. in a few years:
“With version 3, it won’t look like anything else. You can’t have staff in the production line itself, otherwise you’re going down to speed. So there will be no one in the production process itself. People will maintain the machines, upgrade them and deal with anomalies. “
Gigafactory Shanghai has the latest Model 3 production line rolled out by Tesla and the automaker has made progress towards its “alien dreadnought” with it.
This weekend, Tesla China released a new video showing production at Gigafactory Shanghai through its official Weibo account:
While this isn’t exactly the fully automated line that Musk describes, it comes much closer to it.
There are sections of the production where you can see 8 robots simultaneously working on a single car.
As far as production goes, the timelapse effect obviously makes it more impressive than it actually is, but the actual production capacity of the factory has grown at a staggering rate.
At the end of the last quarter, Tesla had an annual production capacity of 200,000 vehicles at Gigafactory Shanghai – an impressive ramp-up in about 7 months after starting production.
That’s 4,000 vehicles per week and the pace may have increased throughout the third quarter.
What’s interesting for Tesla right now is the pace at which they are rolling out new production lines.
New lines are always coming to Fremont, but they are also rolling out new lines in Shanghai and soon in Berlin and Austin.
Every time they’ve deployed a new line, they learn from it and make improvements to Elon’s vision of an “alien dreadnought” producing high-speed cars.
I think the Model Y lineup in Shanghai will show another step in that direction and then it will be interesting to see what Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas look like next year.
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