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Tesla workers - to hell ... and back?
Supervisors rolled through the factory with boxes of energy drinks and candy bars to fuel the 12-hour shifts.

“That was the big push to hit our numbers,” said Phillips. “It was chaotic.”

Phillips, a safety coordinator in his area for several months, said the long hours led to haphazard production habits. Not enough tasks were standardized to lower the physical stress, he said.

Hai Ngyuen said the Model X brought long hours and repetitive stress injuries from bolting rivets onto packs. Nguyen, 38, inspects, seals and moves battery packs to the production line. Colleagues who complained about injuries could face consequences, Ngyuen said.

“I worked with pain,” he said, “but I didn’t let anyone know. I didn’t want to get fired.”

Factory worker Catura has seen few changes in work culture, he said. “We’re still a numbers company,” he said, referring to numerical production goals. “We’re all about hitting the numbers.”

Tesla executives say they’ve learned many manufacturing lessons from previous vehicles.

Musk said last month as he delivered the first Model 3s that the high-stress production would last at least six months. He praised his workers and joked, “I look forward to working alongside you through our journey through hell.”
labor  tesla  unions  manufacturing 
4 days ago by sampenrose
Tesla Model Y to be based on the Model 3
Musk says the reasoning behind the switch up is to get the Model Y to market faster -- possibly as early as 2019. 
tesla  pipeline 
4 days ago by automotive
Chevy Bolts Past Tesla Model S in Range Testing | TheDetroitBureau.com
The magazine put the Bolt and two Model S versions, the 75D and 90D, to the test for and the smaller and much less expensive Bolt came out on top traveling 250 miles, which exceeds its EPA-expected distance of 238 miles.
gm  chevrolet  technology  electric  tesla 
4 days ago by automotive
Tesla Still Doesn't Need Paid Advertising to Make Sales | CMO Strategy - AdAge
"With a small amount of effort we can easily drive the Model 3 reservation number to something much higher but there's no point. It's like if you're a restaurant and you're serving hamburgers and there's like an hour and a half wait for hamburgers do you really want to encourage more people to order more hamburgers?"
tesla  brand  content 
4 days ago by automotive
The New Tesla Is Great, But It Isn't Progress - Bloomberg
Too many of today's innovations are focused on solving problems rather than creating something new.
tesla  innovation 
7 days ago by jorgebarba
Tesla Shows How Traditional Business Metrics Are Outdated
esla’s market penetration of electric cars is one thing, but if you add in luxury cars, the glamping/camping market, and others, then the addressable market becomes bigger, especially with the introduction of the more affordable Model 3. Are people who use budget hotels folks we can add to the addressable market? How about families who participate in travel sports leagues for their kids? How about consumers in the “staycation” market? // what absolute twaddle
nonsense  tesla 
7 days ago by yorksranter

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