With the launch of the Model 3, Tesla is on the precipice of a move from ambitious niche upstart to a mass market carmaker.
Over the past decade, Tesla has become a global leader in electric vehicles. At the same time, its Model S sedan and Model X SUV have become the performance benchmarks for competitors looking to enter their respective segments.
Both cars are made at its factory in Fremont, California. As you might expect from an Elon Musk-run company, Tesla’s factory is one of the most advanced automotive production facility in the world. It’s equipped with more than a hundred robots.
Ahead of the launch of its Model X SUV in late 2015, Tesla gave Business Insider a peek inside its modern factory.
With the new mass production Model 3 now in the fold, the Tesla is reportedly making modifications to the facility to accommodate the vehicle. However, production of the Model S and X remain as is.
With the unveiling of the production Model 3 just around the corner, here’s a look inside the Tesla Factory:
As we pulled up to the Tesla Factory, we were greeted by a row of the company's Model S electric sedans having their batteries topped off at SuperCharger stations.
Eventually, we make our way inside the massive production facility. It occupies 5.3 million sq. ft. of manufacturing space.
Here's 'Red Alpha.' It was the first drivable Model S prototype. Tesla says they spent roughly $2.2 million on the prototype.
Entering the production portion of the factory, the immediate impression any visitor gets is that everything is very clean and neatly organised.
As the tour continued we made our way to Tesla's massive Schuler press. It's seven stories tall and is responsible for stamping out Tesla's aluminium body panels.
The Tesla Factory was comprised of two main production lines. At the time, Line One was dedicated to the Model S, while Line Two is responsible for the Model X.
Here, a robot called Mystique is picking up a Model S. The factory's large robots are named after characters from Marvel's X-Men.
Two of the coolest robots in the factory work in tandem with each other. They are called Wolverine and Iceman.
However, not all of the of a Tesla is made by robots. The plant actually employs a few thousand people.
However, the work is not done for the factory. The completed cars have to be sent to the dynamometer to gauge power output and then be prepped for delivery.
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