Nine employees of Tesla, both current and former have spoken about the assembly line at Tesla factory in California. They say that after coming off the assembly line, vehicles regularly are repaired even before they’ve left the factory.
After Model S and Model X vehicles were assembled, over 90% failed quality control checks, and had to be sent back to square one for extensive repairs. Couple this with the break neck speed at which Tesla announces new innovations brings to question the level of care with which new Tesla vehicles are being created. With stocks precarious lately, Tesla must steady the ship.
In stark contrast, Toyota, the most efficient automobile manufacturers, correct just under 10% of their stock. While it is only fair to mention that Tesla holds its quality control measures to the finest degree, the difference between quality control repairs is sizeable. The large amount of repairs being done is also responsible for an exorbitant expense.
“So much goes into rework after the car is done … that’s where their money is being spent,” a former Tesla supervisor said.
However, he added that most of the repairs are minor and solved in a short amount of time. Despite this, consumers have complained of small issues – such as rattling, water seeping from poor sealing and more. Tesla denies that its quality control is inconsistent, and continues to maintain that they try to provide the best possible vehicles for their consumers.
Several employees have stressed that it is, indeed, the rapid speed of Tesla’s innovations that has the error rate so high. Some even complained that they felt pressured into keeping the assembly line moving – things were often assembled in a haphazard fashion and not always in an orderly manner.
One can’t help but feel that other luxury brands, such as Mercedes Benz, have scarcely faced such accusations. This may be a by-product of a generation that refuses to slow down – it is already disenchanted with the latest technology, panting for more.
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