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Drivetrain Install Photos

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by tomsax, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. tomsax

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    Bill Arnett had the opportunity to photograph the drivetrain installation on his Roadster and posted his photos for all to enjoy.

    Tesla Roadster #55 Drivetrain Installation

    He wanted to post them, but the new user registration form seems to be broken, and was also broken last week. Does anyone know what's up with that?

    Anyway, he asked me to post the link on his behalf.

    My thanks to Bill for sharing his awesome photos, and to Tesla for letting him document the process.
     
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    These photos give great insight as to the drive train install procedure. It looks very labor intensive!

    Thank you both Tom and Bill!
     
  3. doug

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    Awesome! These are the kind of pics I was waiting for! Thanks, Tom and Bill.
    (Btw, I'll send a message to dsacks6, this sites administrator, about the registration issue.)

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    Yeah - those are great pix - thanks guys.
     
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    Coolant Tubes?

    Are the black tubes under ESS coolant tubes?

    Young
     
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    #7 graham, Nov 14, 2008
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    Yes, the original picture actually captions them as such:

    Tesla Roadster #55
    Moderator's Note: Some more info on the tubes here: Patents
     
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    So hopefully Bill is able to register now. I'm curious how long that install took. The pictures looks like they might have started mid afternoon or earlier and didn't finish till after dark. I'm also curious what delivery time Tesla gave him now that the drivetrain install is complete.

    Must have been really exciting seeing everything come together like that. I'd want to be able to do vehicle verification myself. :biggrin:
     
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    Yes... I am curious too in how long an installation ties up a bay and how many bays they have to do installs.

    This is all rooted in production rate questions I have: What is the limiting factor with installing drive trains in all the gliders sitting around. Skilled people? Bays? Components? If they had the all the drive trains and gliders they need, how many drive train installs can they handle per week in Menlo Park given their current number of lifts and equipment?
     
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    Bill Arnett's pictures have been picked up by AutoBlog Green (with credit to this site and doug as well):
    Picture perfect install of a Tesla Roadster drivetrain - AutoblogGreen

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    I saw this picture in the SF Chronicle yesterday...

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    and then thought about this:

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    #13 doug, Dec 9, 2008
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    At the 100th Roadster event today, Rachael Konrad took some journalists and me to go see the shop where the technicians do the drivetrain installations. Since it's related, I thought I'd post some of the pics I took in this thread. Sadly, I was using a snap camera with nowhere near the image quality of Bill's.

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    L-R: A Tesla technician named Andre, Rachael Konrad, and
    a Korean journalist.

    Andre (whom you may recognize him from Bill's photos) was nice enough to explain the installation process to me and answer my questions.


    Motors:
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    #14 doug, Dec 9, 2008
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    Ducting that goes around the motor for forced air cooling:
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    Under the car. The motor cooling fan is the black cylinder right of center.


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    BorgWarner transaxle in a box.

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    Jig for mounting the motor to the transaxle.
     
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    Battery pack crates with freshness dating:
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    Wonder what they do with 100 big wooden crates?
     
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    The battery packs are assembled right down the street in San Carlos, so assume they just reuse them.
     
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    I thought the battery packs were assembled in Taiwan. Remember the whole drop-a-battery-pack-to-pass-international-standards-testing-thing?

    I guess they dropped that (pun) for just shipping the cells...
     
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