In his interview yesterday Elon said you can't ship a car missing a backseat, which might be just a rhetorical statement, but still points to problems with specific components. In fact he said 1-2% of parts are causing real headaches.
Just came back from the Santana Row store. The manager confirmed that anyone with a number less than 4000 with air suspension and 60 or 85 battery will definitely ship in 2012.
Elon also mentioned an example of a headlight that he found 3mm out of algnment (calibrated eyeball?) and when he approached the worker responsible, it was determined that he was using old shimming data. So he says rapid communication is a key issue that need to be addressed and also informed his workers that anything they find that may be in error should be brought up regardless of where his instruction had come from. In other words, see a problem, speak up.
The interview was posted somewhere here or at TM forum. If I find it, I'll post it.
In deep with Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Financials, Falcon doors and finding faults in the Model S
Last edited by kvietor; 09-09-2012 at 05:37 PM.
Headed south in VIN #70 now after our pickup and tour. Charging at the Salinas Rabobank before heading to San Luis Obispo for the night.
Elon was there today??? Man so bummed not to meet him.
Factory was LOADED with S's. And we caught sight of lots more apparently finished cars outside. (saw 20+ outside, maybe many more as was restricted view in distance).
Delivery was wonderful. Great team taking us through the process. Amazing tour of an amazing factory. (no pics allowed, sorry.) Saw it at the S event when it felt more like a museum. Now it's a humming machine churning out cars (at a measured pace now but you can see what's coming given the large number in production). Lots of people at work on a Saturday afternoon.
Loving this car... More on that later.
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