Another video from WIRED lets us look in on Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, where the future of the American automobile industry is being assembled. This video is much like the one WIRED released a couple of weeks ago, but true Tesla fans can never get enough.
The huge factory was built by NUMMI, a joint venture between GM and Toyota, but when the giant automakers fell on hard times, Tesla was able to buy it at a bargain price. The company refurbished it and gave the interior a light, white, ultraclean look, taking a cue from cousin company SpaceX.
Tesla VP of Manufacturing Gilbert Passin explains how the company leverages the advantages of robots, which are “extremely good at repeatability and accuracy of motion” and humans, who (at least those hailing from top Silicon Valley universities such as Stanford, Berkeley and UC Davis) are (still) more intelligent.
Working together, the two species are expected to produce some 20,000 cars this year, streamlining and improving the production process all the while.