Tesla expedites Models 3 battery production by airlifting factory machinery from Europe
Tesla Motors has managed to improve Model 3 production numbers in the recent weeks and Elon Musk has been closely watching production of the mass-market electric vehicle from Tesla. Reuters has revealed in a recent report that six plane loads of factory machinery have been airlifted by Tesla Motors from Europe to California, in an evident effort to speed up battery production for its Model 3 electric car.
The Reuters report is based on the information shared by two unidentified sources aware of the arrangement, but not authorized to speak about it on record.
The factory machinery which has been airlifted by Tesla Motors is apparently designed to help the automaker “smooth out” the flow of production of its Model 3 electric car. With the Reuters sources having revealed that the equipment was designed for enhancing battery production, the equipment appears to be bound for Tesla’s Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada, where the automaker produces Model 3 battery packs.
The transportation of factory machinery by air is an expensive move, owing to the massive size and weight of automotive assembly robots. Such a move is very rare in the auto industry because the final manufacturing equipment is built and tested by most automakers well ahead of time.
With regard to Tesla’s move to airlift factory machinery from Europe, one of the unidentified Reuters sources said: “As usual with Tesla, everything is being done in a massive hurry and money seems to be no obstacle.”
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