By CRM Staff
Toronto, Ontario — April 26, 2018 — A Detroit-based auto manufacturing consultant recently suggested that one of the biggest issues with the Tesla Model 3 is an overly complicated design. This comes as Tesla continues to struggle to produce these models in mass or hit any forecasted productions targets to date.
On an episode of a local Detroit TV show, “Autoline After Hours,” the founder of Munro & Associates, Sandy Munro, claims that overall the Model 3 is “not such a good build.” A report the firm published references the fact that the model seems to have eight to ten body panels welded together that add cost and weight, but not strength, to the vehicle.
This was concluded after analysists at the firm took apart two Model 3 cars in order to determine how much it costs to build the car, as well as how its powertrain, electronics and interior compares to other the electric cars of other electric vehicle manufacterers.
Munro goes on to criticize Tesla’s manufacturing process, noting it appears to eschew conventional, established thinking. The weight and cost of the build exceeds that of competitors, while gaps in the car’s body panels suggest the company needs to further refine its production line, he says.
Despite its mechanical flaws, Munro does find the car’s batteries and electronics to be quite impressive.
“The density of this population is like nobody’s got,” he says, continuing, “This is the technology we would see in really high-end computers. This is spectacular. Spectacular.”
Referring to large automakers, Munro adds, “Anybody that doesn’t look at the electronics on the Tesla is out of his mind. This is not just some Mickey Mouse outfit that you can dismiss.”