Why do I have the feeling such an infographic wouldn’t be cool if it were about any other car company? But it’s Tesla, so it’s awesome.
Some commentary from Chris:
This has allowed Tesla to license and manufacture parts for other companies, including Daimlerand Toyota for projects like the RAV4 EV. Even so, Tesla certainly finds it more cost-effective to contract out certain specialty parts, like the headliner (Magna), antenna (Harada) and battery chiller (Modine) to other companies. But the most important stuff Tesla keeps in-house…and other automakers might decide to bring more of their own production in-house, if Tesla is successful.
Tesla has done their homework, and many suppliers, like Brembo and Magna, are considered top-tier suppliers. Yet many of these companies are located outside of the U.S., with Brembo headquartered in Italy and Magna calling Canada home. Still, Tesla makes an overwhelming majority of the Model S components in-house, including proprietary parts like the battery pack, motor, and on-board charger.
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