Some Assembly Inspired: Wired Goes inside the Tesla Model S Factory [Video]
As much as we adore conventionally-powered cars and the sound of crude oil components exploding in confined spaces in rapid succession, we also have a deep appreciation – maybe even affection – forelectric cars. Yes, the fact they’re exponentially cleaner (provided the current used to recharge their batteries is generated via a green source like hydroelectric or wind) is great and all, but we are in love the instantaneous (and abundant) torque, exemplary efficiency, ability to recover kinetic energy, and powertrain packaging flexibility that automotive electrification affords. And we can’t think of a production car that better utilizes these advantages than theTesla Model S.
The folks atWiredmagazinepaid a visit toTesla’s factory in Fremont, California, and made this video showing just what goes into building this acclaimed luxury five-door. As you can see, there’s a whole lot that goes into it, and there’s a surprisingly high amount that’s done in-house when you consider the company’s modest size and relative youth compared to the industry titans likeGMandToyotawho, incidentally, were the joint owners and occupants of this facility beforeElon Muskand crew moved in. Seems only fitting that what is arguably the coolestgreen carmade today is manufactured in a recycled building…