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Blog update: Factory Upgrade

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  1. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    #1 yobigd20, Nov 17, 2014
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    Factory Upgrade | Blog | Tesla Motors

    some good details in there

    highlights:

    - assembly line now runs at 1000 cars per week
    - robots are named after X-MEN characters
    - they process 1 million batteries per day (up from 800k)
    - on track to build 35k cars (maybe they are catching back up to make up for that lower 33k estimate on the last earnings call?)
     
  2. pgiralt

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    The one stat that doesn't quite add up for me is the number of batteries. They say they process 1,000,000 batteries per day. That means that if they are doing 85 kWh packs which contain 7104 batteries a piece, that's 140 packs per day. I didn't think the factory was running 7 days a week. If it is, then the numbers add up to be able to reach the 1000 cars per week number, but if the factory is only working 5 days a week, it is well short of the 1000 number (even if you divide by the number of cells in a 60 kWh pack it doesn't come close). Does anyone know if the factory actually runs 7 days as week now?
     
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    I thought not only did it run 7 days a week, but for a while they were running two shifts. I don't think they do the two-shift thing anymore, but I would think that 7days/week is still ongoing. I'd be very surprised if they are not running 7days/wk.
     
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    Great blog post. Loved the videos, the high-efficiency drive motor one in particular. As it was being wound, wanted to yell "there's a gap there, you missed a spot" ;)

    Very cool stuff with the graphic artwork and greenery as well.

    I think they'd build 35k but end up delivering 33k; that was the takeaway from the earnings call.
     
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    So, they're at a run rate of 1000/week and they're guiding for 50k in 2015? But Elon's also stated exiting 2015 with a 100,000/year run rate.

    These numbers don't quite seem to mesh. I'm going from memory here. Did I get one of those numbers wrong?
     
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    There's nothing that says different departments can't run different shifts and number of days/wk.
     
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    That could be an average. If they're only building packs 5 days a week, they might be taking the weekly number and dividing by 7.
     
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    Thoughts on the Announced Factory Upgrade?

    What does everyone think about the blog post Tesla published today discussing the factory upgrade and the end of the pause in production they had enacted? I'm glad to see things are moving again, and am anxiously awaiting my S85 (VIN 63552), which was confirmed October 23rd, but still only has a delivery date of "December." I'm a little nervous because of the tax rebate so I'm hoping everything stays on schedule so I don't have to wait a year for that benefit.

    Here's a link to the blog post.

    Factory Upgrade | Blog | Tesla Motors
     
  9. dhrivnak

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    Is this a delayed posting from the July upgrade?
     
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    I think it ended up being an August upgrade.

    I thought the post was interesting. Would love to see more videos of the new line and machinery.
     
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    I think Tesla needs to either opensource (if the artists would allow) and/or sell copies of the glass walls in form of posters or actual glass walls. I have a wall in my garage that terribly needs some cool art and a nice poster would fit perfectly there.
     
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    Tesla blog post about the factory upgrade this year

    Maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen anyone post about the Tesla blog post yesterday with lots of info and videos about the factory upgrade, see Factory Upgrade | Blog | Tesla Motors
     
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    The thread was over in Model S for some reason. I got it moved over here and merged you into it.
     
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    #14 macpacheco, Nov 22, 2014
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    They are at 1000/wk now, this should increase steadily. I think 60-75k for 2015 is realistic. The bottleneck still is Li Ion packs. I don't think an increase of 300% in production to be realistic. Perhaps 120-150%.

    Lets think about this for a second. Assuming a steady increase in Li Ion production packs, to go from 1000/wk now to 3000/wk end 2015, averaging 2000/wk would require Li Ion cell supply to triple ! If that were true, 2016 production would be 150k minimum (3000 cars/wk * 52 wk/year) ! That would put Tesla Sales for 2016 @ 15 billion USD !
     
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    Ford F-150 produced at one per minute.
     

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