Video: Wired Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Tesla Model S Production


If you’ve been searching for that behind-the-scenes look at how the Tesla Model S gets assembled in California, then your search will come to an end today.

Model S Gets Final Touches

Model S Gets Final Touches

Thanks to Wired, we now have some exclusive video from inside Tesla’s factory.

As Wired says:

“If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future. That’s where the battery-powered Model S is born.”

And born the Model S is, more than 400 times over per week.

Check out this inside look into how the Model S gets made.  Are there any stages of its production that seem outside the norm?

Source: Wired via YouTube

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11 Comments on "Video: Wired Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Tesla Model S Production"

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Wow. Great Video. I’m blown away.
Thx for posting it.

Oh and PS.
Hopefully there is someone with enough knowledge to tell us exactly HOW this is different from say GM or Ford’s assembly. Probably Tesla has more automation but I’m sure it goes deeper than that.

I don’t see much difference. In fact I don’t see as much automation in this plant as I do in Ford/Chrysler/Mercedes plants. Hard to tell, but it appears they may be using more of the Japanese style plant with feed carts, instead of feed up conveyors. Being that most of the people/parts are in house, I can see them being more nimble to changes vs say GM, who may have a stamping plant separate from the assy plant.

Great video. Certainly the other manufacturers have some serious automation/robotics. Ford, for example, sold 68,009 F series in one (1!) month June 2013. Above talks about 1,600+ per month (400+/w).

Yes, a lot of the car plant automation I work on is over 90 JPH (jobs per hour).

Here’s 45 minutes of National Geographic’s Jan. 1, 2013 feature on Tesla’s Fremont, CA plant, as part of National Geographic’s Megafactory series…very impressive! Enjoy!

Okay, just watched the Wired video…absolutely amazing!

Since both Nissan and Chevy are making (with automation) the seperate cars on the same line, I wonder why the delay in bringing out the X? Since they’re very similar anyway, why couldn’t they make both at once?,

I am sure they will, but right now they are selling all the cars they can build, so if they start the Model X, they will have to cut back on deliveries of the Model S. They also have to stop the line for at least some short time to implement the changes. Most car companies do this during a month long summer break in production.

I know, another year seems like a long time to wait. If they catch up with their orders sooner, then maybe the Model X will be available next Spring instead of Fall 2014.

Impressive use of robots, simplified by the fact that only one car is produced on that production line. Other car makers have assembly lines that produce multiple cars-at the same time. This requires a somewhat different approach.

I am just happy that the name of the company will bring the name Nicola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) to the attention of the American public; arguably, the best inventor of the 20th Century.