“The factory itself is considered to be a product. It’s the machine that builds the machine and actually deserves more attention from creative problem-solving engineers than the part that it makes.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the Gigafactory is much more than a production site. It’s being set up production line by production line, to tweak the process based on what Tesla and Panasonic have learned from lines already up and running.
“By 2018 we have to be at 35 gigawatt hours of production to support those Model 3s.”
Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel says that to meet demand of the Model 3 and to stay on production schedule, the Gigafactory’s schedule had be moved up two years.
“We will produce a solar drone based on the experience we have. We hope to have something of our own flying in the stratosphere in less than three years.”
Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the Solar Impulse 2, says that their globe circumvention has proven that solar-power can make an airplane fly indefinitely. Only pilots need breaks, neither of which a drone would require.
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