As Tesla continues to ramp up its Model 3 production, the carmaker recently opened the doors of its latest customer delivery center in the town of Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles, CA. Not long after, the facility’s parking lot was spotted with Model S, Model 3 and Model X vehicle inventory, suggesting that customer deliveries were about to take place. Now, a Tesla owner who goes by the Twitter handle @TeslaMS60 has provided a rare look inside the carmaker’s MDR delivery center, revealing some of the most interesting parts of the company’s latest facility.
Teslarati obtained the following images of the delivery area inside the MDR facility, taken on December 22, 2017. Other pictures, particularly those of the quality control (QC) area and the back holding lot, were taken a few days after the facility officially opened for business.
As stated by @TeslaMS60, the interior of the carmaker’s new Marina Del Rey center is similar to other Tesla Service Centers and delivery locations across the country, with a dedicated children’s play area, sofas for waiting customers and a coffee machine that’s made available for customers.
According to TeslaMS60, a QC area occupies roughly half of the ground floor where customer deliveries are also taking place. A series of lightboxes are used to inspect the paint and finish of each car that makes its way to the facility from the company’s Fremont, California factory.
The dedicated quality control area is likely in direct response to complaints made earlier this year by some Tesla owners who expressed their disappointment over the substandard finish of some Model S and Model X units they received, some of which were painted and detailed haphazardly.
While the lightboxes in the QC area were not accessible to customers, @TeslaMS60 did notice that it was adjacent to the loading docks where the Model S, Model X and Model 3 units are unloaded from transport trailers. After rolling through a quality check, the vehicles are moved to the front of the building where they meet their respective owners.
As it appears now, the interior space of the Marina Del Rey facility could accommodate about 100 simultaneous deliveries. The space outside the building seems to be designed to hold around 200-300 cars as well.
From what could be determined in the pictures provided by @TeslaMS60, it seems like Tesla’s new MDR center is specifically designed for quick and efficient deliveries. If any, its dedicated QC area also confirms that Tesla is attempting to avoid future service visits due to quality issues on its vehicles as much as possible.
With the Model 3 ramp-up seemingly underway, keeping the production line and the delivery facilities moving without a hitch is incredibly pertinent. In this respect, Tesla’s latest Los Angeles delivery center seems to be ready to take on the job.
Tesla is currently focusing on the ramp-up of the Model 3, its first mass-market compact sedan. Despite facing battery production challenges in the early manufacturing process, Tesla is expecting to hit a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 units per week by the end of Q1 2018.