For the first time in five years, Tesla this week allowed TV cameras into its gargantuan Fremont factory where both the Model S and Model X are manufactured. And speaking to the degree of secrecy that Tesla demands, even casual visitors to the facility are not allowed to tour the space if they have any cameras or recording devices in their possession.
Recently, Jeffrey Schaub of CBS5 KPIX in San Francisco was granted special access to Tesla’s Fremont factory, providing us with an up to date and fascinating look at where Tesla’s revered vehicles are put together. Though obviously not as large as the currently under-construction Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, the company’s Fremont factory is gigantic in its own right, stretching out over 1 mile long and taking up more than 5 million square feet.
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Not surprisingly, advanced manufacturing robots can be found within Tesla’s manufacturing plant at every turn. Interestingly enough, Schaub at one points relays that two of the robots at Tesla’s Fremont plant are the “biggest in the world” and are capable of doing five different things at once. As a quick aside, I suppose this might explain Musk’s views on killer robots taking over the world.
One particularly interesting portion of the video shows, for the first time, how Tesla attaches its battery packs to cars on the production line. We also get a first-hand look at the Model X production line.
If you’re at all intrigued by Tesla’s fleet of advanced robots, this National Geographic documentary on Tesla’s factory is required viewing.