You may have heard — CleanTechnica recently got to tour Tesla’s Fremont factory in great detail. We spent hours walking the floors, talking to engineers and factory workers, and gawking at Tesla’s impressive machinery and manufacturing processes. Kids in a candy store is the best metaphor that comes to mind.
There’s a lot of footage, and it takes a good bit of time to go through all of that, edit it, and stitch it together in useful ways. Also, we hear that people have short attention spans these days and prefer to watch short videos. So, Chanan has broken up the video footage into separate portions for a handful fo videos. I’ll comment a bit about them as they come out.
In this first one, after enjoying (or not) our goofy intro and a view of Chanan’s hot new CleanTechnica studio, there are some short clips of us entering the factory parking lot and seeing loads of Model 3s on trailers heading out to customers. We actually saw tons of these on our short trip to the factory and surrounding area. The brief second-long blip could be multiplied many times over, and parking lots full of Teslas could have been shot not only at Tesla’s factory, but at shopping centers around the region.
The blurred out, open office space was something particularly cool for me to see and experience. As I wrote a month ago, it quickly struck me that the atmosphere inside of Tesla is tremendously different from the noise about Tesla created by critics, short sellers, competitors, and other haters in the media. The place was cheerful, workers were smiling and mostly seemed relaxed, even if super busy and perhaps tired (or over-caffeinated). It reminded me of test driving a Tesla Model 3 after reading through months of FUD about the car — it was much nicer and more refreshing than expected, so much so that I felt compelled to apologize to Elon (but have to admit I was super surprised when he saw and even retweeted the article).
Chanan does a much better job walking us through the different areas of the factory than I would have. He starts us out in the metal press center, where there are giant rolls of aluminum waiting to get turned into doors, hoods, trunks, and other parts of Tesla.
Then we get some wicked cool shots of metal sheets being cut, pressed, and moved along by robots and humans further through the manufacturing process. (Be sure to look out for some oddly placed CleanTechnica logos in that segment.)
No factory tour would be complete without forklifts, and that’s when you get to one of my absolute favorite portions of the tour — seeing soooooo many Model 3 doors stacked on racks and waiting to make their way to brand new customer cars. It’s just an awesome visual that helps to put the scale of the production into a little bit of focus. Chanan’s extra notes about the capacity and how quickly Tesla is producing these beauties is the brilliant little cherry on top.