Tesla Customers May Soon Be Able To Help Build Cars

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk says he is considering an extended factory tour that would allow customers to help build parts of a Tesla model.

Now, before you jump at the prospect of Tesla literally using customers to help build cars and boost production, it’s not like that. Instead, this extended factory tour would simply provide Tesla customers and owners with a hands-on experience into what it takes to create one of the brand’s models.

“Was thinking of offering an extended Tesla factory tour option where you could help build part of a car & understand how they come together. I know it would have been super fun for me when I was a kid (or now),” Musk said on Twitter when pondering the idea.

Buy a Tesla, construct a bumper

Factory tours have become exceptionally popular among automakers around the world in recent years and it’s not hard to understand why. By allowing customers to see their vehicles coming together, car manufacturers make the ownership experience that much more exciting.

As cool as it would be to help build a part of your actual car on the production line, Musk said doing so would be difficult.

“That would be tricky to sequence, but maybe,” he said.

Having hundreds of customers flood a Tesla factory trying to build their own cars could get out of hand very quickly.

Perhaps the most in-depth experience currently offered by an automaker like this is the Corvette Engine Build Experience that Chevrolet has available. Priced at $5000, the experience allows Corvette Z06 and ZR1 owners to help assemble their own V8 engine under the supervision of an experienced Chevrolet engine assembly technician.

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  • Brent Morrison

    LOL so you pay them and you have to build the car yourself at full price

    • Richard Alexander

      So when the door falls off they can say its your fault….

  • Richard Alexander

    In the tent in the desert? I hope they have sunscreen and lots of water.

  • Mr. EP9

    What’s next? Letting customers do quality control?

    • 2sfhim

      Not sure Tesla knows what it even is

    • Silimarina

      Well, that could be a good thing. I’m, for example, a perfectionist and i would probably demand a better quality car than the Tesla employee that is doing this every day

      • Matthew Boyd

        The fact that you’re even saying that is not a good thing when you take a second and think about it. Say you are the perfectionist in your daily life, but hey, like mostly all of us, you don’t have the automotive engineering or quality control experience, so you wouldn’t know where to start really right? There’s actually a thought in some people’s minds after reading Musk tweet that maybe I can build my car better or maybe I could speed up the process of my car if I help build. That’s not a good thing if you can’t trust the companies employees to build the car as good as you’d like…

        • Silimarina

          Yo are right, but i was thinking of visual/tactile quality control (panel gaps, stiches, etc.)

      • Brent Morrison

        I doubt you have a tighter tolerance than a robot that can measure gaps in microns

    • Infinite1

      I don’t think QC and Tesla belong in the same sentence

      • Mr. EP9

        Oh come on, you’re acting like they have panel gaps you can see from Mars or something. Don’t be silly.

        • Infinite1

          That’s my whole point, I am being silly. It was a joke, relax.

          • Mr. EP9

            That was my attempt at humor. I’m still bad at it.

          • Infinite1

            Touche, Lol. Apparently we both are.

  • An Existing Person

    Oh great, even larger panel gaps.

    • Six_Tymes

      lol

    • Matthew Daraei

      Larger panel gaps that now can be seen from Pluto.

    • Brent Morrison

      It’s so that you can fit more $100 bills at a time for out-of-warranty repairs

  • iea96

    This is just another attempt from Elon to say “look at us, we’re different”. I don’t understand how they keep coming up with this bullshit when they have a lot more important stuff to worry about.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    A whole new meaning to crowd sourcing.

  • Matthew Boyd

    From my experience, time is money with luxury consumers .. the last thing they’d probably want to do is help build their car. This will only add fuel to the fire that they can’t build cars fast enough because employees are dropping like flies, so they need customers to start helping ( perception can become reality). This is one of the silliest ideas I’ve ever heard of.

    Did he want his company to be seen as a bunch of kit cars? Last I heard the Model S has out sold the S Class, A8 and 7 Series, and you want to slap that type of clientele in the face by offering them the chance to build their own car? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Why not offer a factory pick up of their brand new car with a lavish dinner and hotel, VIP style tour before their delivery. Quality controls not a priority I see and neither is treating their customers who pay for their products. Any Tesla owners can chime in and let us know if this is a “cool” idea to them or not.

  • Infinite1

    Relax everyone, it’s not like Tesla is making people build the entire car, they have the option to construct a bumper. It’s not like the Vette owners who can assemble their engines together. I think it’s a waste of time and most people who buys Teslas probably don’t want to be out there in the heat

  • Looks like nobody read more than the title. This is a fun tour to take, not a job. Jeez

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