New Tesla Car Assembly Plant
Posted April 04, 2014 - 10:03 AM
- toomanytoys84 said thank you
Posted April 04, 2014 - 11:12 AM
That is an impressive factory. It's a different world than an old style plant. The car itself is an impressive piece of work, winning praise for it's performance and it's crash safety.
Posted April 04, 2014 - 11:19 AM
I watched a show about the Tesla car company the other day. Lets just say that what they are doing is very impressive. 100+ mph with a range of over 200 miles. Currently under construction is a new battery plant, which when completed will produce more ion batteries in a year than all the rest of the world combined. They hope to reduce the cost associated with batteries to the point where they can offer their vehicles at a very competive price. Approximately 1/3 of the current $100,000 price tag. Still expensive in my book, but the corporation is also building refueling stations which will offer free "fill-ups" for life.(solar powered)
The wave of the future: Built in America with American employees. Look out Big Three.
Posted April 04, 2014 - 04:50 PM
I think that is what Henry Ford had in mind with the assembly line.
Thanks Glen.....Very interesting.
Posted April 04, 2014 - 04:55 PM
Just because you read it in a book does not make it all true
I read a book called Rivethead, by Ben Harper. He worked the GM assembly line during the 1970s and 1980s. The way he described the assembly line, many workers were drunk, drugged and didn't care about the product. Parts were left off, or not tightened down, steps were skipped. No wonder that the cars we were offered in the '70s and '80s had so many quality issues. This may be the way to do things right.
- Bill 76 said thank you
Posted April 04, 2014 - 06:26 PM
That video was awesome.
Posted April 04, 2014 - 06:44 PM
Every man is entitled to his opinion.
All I will say is the 2010 kia forte my wife drives has been a better car than the 2010 Malibu ltz and 2007 cobalt I owned put together.
120k miles of tires and brakes on the kia. I could write a book on problems with both of those chevys
Posted April 04, 2014 - 07:13 PM
I have seen some of these cars in person they dont look bad at all. The little machine shop I work at has made some of the fixtures that I believe are used in the QC of some of the parts.
Posted April 04, 2014 - 07:20 PM
Funny thing is, I didn't even express it as an opinion, I just quoted someone who worked for GM.
Posted April 04, 2014 - 07:20 PM
Not wanting to start a rift, but when I was at my local steel scrap yard last year, I was talking with one of the yard's Trackhoe operators. I mentioned how thin the metal is on cars these days. He said Kia is the thinnest he's ever seen. He has to crush the sides in to lift them, as if he grabs only the top, it rips off the car like tin foil. His words, not mine. I take that as a huge safety issue myself. Not to say US built auto's are all that safe though.
Posted April 04, 2014 - 07:25 PM
- SamMC said thank you
Posted April 04, 2014 - 07:31 PM
I owned a 1967 Malibu that was a great car, the 1982 Monte Carlo was in the shop a lot. Seems the dealer had to fix all the things that were not done before it was shipped. After 35 years of working on it my 1978 New Yorker is a decent car, fit and finish were pretty lousy when we got it off the lot. I had a 2004 Ford that was recalled 7 times.
Edited by SamMC, April 04, 2014 - 07:35 PM.
Posted April 04, 2014 - 07:52 PM
Guys, Civility will have to return here or this thread will go poof.
I don't want any Hard feelings here... I prefer to buy American, and Still try now (even if they are used...)
The 80's built US cars I had I was not fond of, I am happy to say those cars are more or less off the market and we as a used car buying public can move along.
All the vans at work are now Ford except the Big Delivery Van, It's an Isuzu (the last Chevy we had was a little troublesome) and we have Fords at the farm. The wife and I have a 2003 Ford and 2000 Dodge vans. The dodge is a wonderful piece of equipment. It just keeps on being dependable. The Ford Windstar has developed a serious engine issue and may need to be put down.
- wilberj and Delmar have said thanks
Posted April 04, 2014 - 10:10 PM
Pretty cool ! Maybe some day the cost will match a gas engine cars