Tesla ’10 years ahead’ of competition, says auto-manufacturing expert

  • Tesla’s manufacturing has improved by large magnitudes from the days of “production hell,” one expert says. 
  • Sandy Munro, one of the foremost experts on vehicle teardowns and cost analysis, says the Model Y is the first electric vehicle he’s ever recommended. 
  • The company improves because it constantly evolves its design, something that’s helped it get a decade up on the competition, Munro said in an interview. 
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It’s been years since Elon Musk was famously sleeping at Tesla’s factory amid “production hell.”

And in the time since, things have improved so much that Tesla is now a full decade ahead of the competition, according to one manufacturing expert.

“I don’t think they really quite understood or grasped the concept of making cars at production speeds,” Sandy Munro, well-known for his cost analysis teardowns of cars, told a conference hosted by Bernstein last week.

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Speaking with The Nation in September, Somchai Trakulpirom, general manager of Master Certified Used Cars, noted that the used car industry needs to make adjustments in its business model and provide better offers than what is presently being offered by their counterparts.

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A typical car wash competitor is a one man operation with no room in their truck, van or trailer for a hot water pressure washer; steam/cleaner pressure washer. Many of the smaller outfits have simply put a Home Depot Pressure washer on their truck or trailer and hooked up a plastic water tank to it. Chances are they may … Read More

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