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Discussion in 'Model 3' started by X Fan, Feb 8, 2017.
Exclusive: Tesla aims to start pilot production of Model 3 cars on February 20 - sources
I hope this is true... I also hope there's a video.
I thought this thing had autopilot??
First they build the pilots, then later the autos.
Pilot production, testing the line and fit of parts. You would think some of these cars would become road driven test cars for engineers. This is a good thing. They need to do lots of testing such as hvac and cold weather testing before making 500,000 cars with issues.
This is huge.
Holy wow. I was expecting them to build a few handbuilt cars to show off during the final reveal, and then get some pilot cars built off the line in July. But the fact that they will, at least partially, be using the final line to build cars now. That is huge. If they succeed in building fully functional and driveable cars off the line by the end of March, they should be able to start volume production by July for delivery.
For comparison, the Chevy Bolt began pre-production in March of 2016.
February 20th? That's plenty of time for all of you in the Fremont area to install dashcams so that we have no shortage of spy shots to get us through these final months...
Already being reported elsewhere that this report is wrong. They also cite "sources" so who knows who's right.
Link please? TIA.
Tesla reportedly testing Model 3 production this month - Roadshow
This must be related:
Tesla confirms retooling of factory for Model 3 this month, will ‘pause’ Model S/X production for a week
What is a "pilot" to a "beta" or are they the same thing?
And the Model S line was paused in July 2014 for Model X retooling. There *should* be fewer challenges with Model 3 compared to Model X though.
I'll believe Reutres over whatever Roadshow is. Also, I have a hard time believing Tesla is just now going to order parts for the line.
This is great news.
I didn't read the Roadshow, but are they saying Tesla is just now ordering line equipment? Tesla said a month or two ago they had already ordered equipment and were setting up others because that equipment will take longer to get functioning.