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Spy shots inside Tesla’s giant tent suggest assembly line buildout in progress

[Credit: skabooshka/Twitter]

Spy shots taken of Tesla’s giant tent at Fremont show that the buildout of the company’s new Model 3 assembly line is still ongoing. As could be seen in images showcasing the new structure, the giant tent still has a lot of open room despite machinery already in place.

The spy shots were uploaded and shared on Twitter by @skabooshka, who noted that the assembly line did not appear to be moving when he took photographs of the structure’s interior. He did note, however, that there was work still being done on the tent itself, as evidenced by a crane and employees in safety gear working at the roof of the structure.

The interior of Tesla’s massive tent on the grounds of the Fremont factory. [Credit: skabooshka/Twitter]

Apart from spy shots, a number of videos featuring the giant tent and Tesla’s new Model 3 assembly line were also uploaded on Twitter, courtesy of @IspyTsla, who was able to capture more than 2 minutes of activity inside and around the structure. The footage taken of Tesla’s giant tent could be viewed below.

Overall, the new spy shots and spy video of Tesla’s new Fremont structure suggests that Tesla is still working on completing its new assembly line. Considering the open space still available inside the tent, it appears that Tesla will be adopting Elon Musk’s idea of avoiding over-automation with the production of the Model 3.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has shown a particularly high level of optimism about the potential of the new tent-based Model 3 line. In a series of tweets, Musk stated that Tesla built a giant tent because constructing another building to house the machinery within the company’s target timeline would be impossible. According to Musk, the Tesla team was able to set up the massive structure in just two weeks, which was practically “miraculous.” 

The interior of Tesla’s massive tent on the grounds of the Fremont factory. [Credit: skabooshka/Twitter]

As noted in an Ars Technica report, a January 2018 geotechnical investigation report on file with the city building permit office states that Tesla has plans to construct a 500,000 square-foot “multi-story building north of the existing North Paint Building.” With this in mind, Tesla’s massive tent in Fremont might very well be a temporary solution designed to boost the company’s production capabilities of the Model 3 to help the company achieve profitability by Q3 and Q4 2018. As for the giant tent itself, journalist Edward Niedermeyer has revealed that Tesla’s permits for the structure are currently valid for “up to six months.”

With the end of Q2 2018 only a little more than a week away, Tesla is on a rush to attain its target of producing 5,000 Model 3 per week before the end of the quarter. The goal, which has eluded Tesla since the compact electric car started production, is closer than ever before. Considering that Elon Musk revealed that the company was producing the Model 3 at a rate of 500 vehicles per day during the 2018 Annual Shareholder Meeting, the addition of the new tent-based assembly line could very well be the deciding factor whether Tesla could finally achieve its Model 3 production targets or come up short once more.

Spy shots inside Tesla’s giant tent suggest assembly line buildout in progress

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