Watch How Tesla Builds the 2019 Model 3 in 48 Seconds
Timelapse reveals the entire Model 3 assembly processby Andrei Nedelea, on
Tesla employs a highly automated assembly process that was implemented in full for the Model 3. Humans still play a part in it, but as you’ll see in this time-lapse that follows a Model 3 from bare shell all the way to finished automobile, there’s more automation than human intervention. Even cooler, however, is that you can see the whole process in just 48 seconds.
What struck me when watching the short video was the fact that even the seating for the workers as they do fiddly jobs inside the car is provided by a robotic arm. It all looks incredibly efficient, streamlined, and not all that complicated because many parts come pre-assembled - for instance, the dashboard is placed inside the car as a unit, and it is then quickly powered on in Factory Mode.
Tesla has faced some backlash in 2018 for delivering Model 3s with sometimes quite serious and noticeable quality issues.
That’s mainly due to the fact that the automaker was also increasing production numbers at the same time. Now, it is estimated that some 155,000 Model 3s were assembled, at a rate that has averaged out at around 4,600 units per week.
Just under 10,000 Model 3s were made in the first quarter of 2018, and that number rose all the way to over 53,000 units made in the third quarter, a fivefold increase.
Regarding the quality issues, things have improved a bit from the first cars that were built compared to the most recent ones, although owners are still reporting misaligned panels and pieces of trim, as well as a plethora of different paint defects.
Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.