Building cars is harder than Tesla execs thought

NY Times:

Tesla in Need of a Recharge After a Series of Setbacks

Production delays, a recall and other problems have presented the electric-car maker and its founder, Elon Musk, with a crisis of confidence among investors.
I am not a fan of electric cars, to begin with, but vehicles are complicated things that require professional managers and workers to assemble ones that are dependable.  As other US manufacturers learned in the 70's you can't just push product out the door.  Most manufacturers learned from Toyota and Honda how to build quality automobiles.  Musk needs to hire some quality control professionals from successful automakers to make his project acceptable.


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