And now, as it prepares to manufacture the car that could redefine it as a popular consumer company - and possibly make or break its fortunes - the company is taking further risks to reduce costs and speed production. JL
Alexandria Sage reports in Reuters:
Most automakers test a new model's production line by building vehicles with cheap, prototype tools designed to be scrapped once they deliver doors that fit, body panels with the right shape and dashboards that don't have gaps.Tesla is skipping that preliminary step and ordering permanent, more expensive equipment as it races to launch its Model 3. “Advanced analytical techniques” (computer simulations) would help Tesla in advancing to production tooling.