The standard of Tesla’s vehicles suffers any time the corporate dramatically scales up manufacturing, CEO Elon Musk admitted in a February 2nd interview. Musk additionally stated that Tesla was making vehicles so quick close to the top of 2020 that it was messing up the paint jobs.
Tesla has gotten a whole lot of criticism for the standard of its vehicles, particularly after it began making them at comparatively excessive volumes with the Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y. However within the interview with business analyst Sandy Munro, Musk was unusually candid about high quality management issues.
“It took us some time to sort of iron out the manufacturing course of. Mates ask me: ‘When ought to I purchase a Tesla?’ And I’m like: ‘Effectively, both purchase it proper originally, or when the manufacturing reaches a gradual state,’” Musk stated within the interview. “However throughout that manufacturing ramp, it’s tremendous exhausting to be in vertical climb mode and get all the things proper on the little particulars.”
Munro then requested why his model new Mannequin 3 sedan had paint points, when one other one constructed a month later that he noticed was “spectacular.” Musk replied that Tesla had improved its paint high quality “towards the top of final 12 months, even in the midst of December.”
Whereas the Mannequin 3 is now greater than three years previous, Tesla spent a lot of 2020 making an attempt to hit an bold goal set by Musk of promoting 500,000 autos. That push apparently led to extra high quality issues with the paint.
“One of many issues that was taking place once we have been ramping manufacturing was the paint wasn’t essentially drying sufficient,” Musk stated. “So, it’s like, if you happen to go sooner… it’s like, you simply uncover this stuff. Like, If we knew them upfront, we might repair them upfront,”
Munro is well-known for tearing down vehicles of all kinds, however his critiques of Tesla’s autos are particularly standard. His examination of a Mannequin 3 in 2018 was notably powerful, comparing the quality to a Kia from the 1990s. “I cant think about how they launched this,” Munro stated on the time.
“I believed your criticisms have been correct,” Musk stated Tuesday.
It’s one of many extra illuminating interviews Musk has granted in a protracted whereas. He and Munro additionally went deep on various different Tesla matters, like the corporate’s customized seats, the way it’s making an attempt to keep away from related high quality issues with the Mannequin Y SUV, Autopilot, and extra.