Two interesting (or actually, disturbing) points in the article:
- Seats and displays are installed in the cars at dealerships. Tesla claims this is to allow for just-on-time upgrades. I suspect this is just a cover for inefficient manufacturing. One major reason for automation is consistency in quality. There is no way the dealerships can haber the same kind of automation and quality assurance that the factories can.
- Lots of manual labor, not just in the manufacturing of batteries, as Tesla places the blame on one of its subcontractors, but in the central assembly of the cars.