Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned of the difficulty of ramping up production as the auto giant’s reliance on large aluminum parts could create new manufacturing problems. Writes about it Reuters.
Musk previously talked about plans to create an automatic factory, he calls it “the machine that builds the machine.” However, the entrepreneur notes the complexity of the new technology. Car bodies have traditionally been made by assembling multiple metal panels, but Musk has charted a new course.
In its new Model Y, Tesla plans to replace 70 components with one module made with the world’s largest aluminum die-casting machine. Such technology can reduce the number of assembly steps, experts say.
Earlier, the head of Tesla called on mining companies to produce more nickel, which is a key component in the production of batteries for electric cars.