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Something to while away the lockdown hours...

 

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I’ve been enjoying this detail about the Model Y.

There’s some good info, such as the car won’t take standard alloy wheels (although I’m sure someone will make an adaptor plate pretty quick):

 

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I've watched a few of their previous podcasts/discussions over the years and this is a very interesting series. Only disappointment so far has been the traditional wiring throughout though they're still way ahead in many areas. I'm almost certainly going to consider a Model Y LR as the next upgrade.
 

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I agree that the whole series is fascinating. Though some of the rapid fixes to the model made on the assembly line seem to be bodges and yet I do not know what the usual vehicle manufacturers are like in comparison.
 

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This is a fascinating series. Tesla have certainly rethought out a lot of the process of making vehicles from first principles rather than blindly following industry practice. That's not always worked out well for them, but the pace of innovation is quite astounding. The auto industry is incredibly resistant to change and the big players have well established procedures which tend to reject change on cost grounds plus entrenched departments specialising in specific functions or systems. This makes cross-functional proposals for something different pretty much dead in the water at the start so innovation is stifled. Tesla do appear to have thrown the rule book away, or more probably just decided it's not relevant to their business model!
 
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I agree that the whole series is fascinating. Though some of the rapid fixes to the model made on the assembly line seem to be bodges and yet I do not know what the usual vehicle manufacturers are like in comparison.
Other manufacturers have full production runs of 1k alpha cars, check for issues iron out these things, bin the alphas and do a new production run.

The first Tesla's are essential alphas and they iron out the issues over time.
 

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Other manufacturers have full production runs of 1k alpha cars, check for issues iron out these things, bin the alphas and do a new production run.

The first Tesla's are essential alphas and they iron out the issues over time.
I don't think that's quite accurate. Tesla build and test pre-production cars like any other OEM.

It's also not quite right to call the cars 'alphas'. They're are better than that.

The issue seems to be (as shown in Munro's videos) that there are lots of new people on the production line who install things incorrectly, as well as refinements in their process.

Remember that the legacy OEMs have been refining their production processes for years, whilst Tesla's mass production (not counting S and X) has only been going for a few years.
 

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They do build pre-production, but they don't go though production candidates where the line and parts are refined.

Musk said on an investor call in 2017 he was skipping model 3 "beta" phase in order to go into production sooner.

It was the right call and fixes required were minimal.
 
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