A new Tesla Model Y is said to have lost its entire glass roof on its first journey after delivery – a short video of which has appeared on social media. As yet there has not been sufficient investigation into the incident to judge its validity.
If the story turns out to be true, it would mirror another report on Tesla’s quality problems leaving the factory, but only from the USA. In the US, Tesla got the worst score on J.D.Power’s 2020 Initial Quality Study, which looked at Tesla for the first time this year. Tesla earned the worst score among the 32 major vehicle brands, but it must be noted, that German premium brands also performed under par in this regard.
At the same time, in China, The Tesla Model 3 manufactured in China had by far the fewest complaints (0.7 per 10,000 new cars) – six times less than the car model in second place. It is important to keep in mind that both test results concern manufacturing defects in the first year. While some brands may do well in the first year, manufacturing weaknesses may appear quickly after wear and tear, which is not reflected in the above mentioned results.
Tesla is by no means the only electric car company trying to keep up with the massive upsurge in interest for electric cars. Teething problems have also been experienced by other electric carmakers a-plenty. Recently Polestar had to recall their newest model for software updates and the ID.3 famously suffered software problems coming off production lines.
China, now well-versed in the mass production of electric cars, has already been through a number of different electric car manfacturing issues – specifically regarding quality. This prompted the Chinese government to tighten regulations for startups and rethink its electric car subsidies in 2019. For the record, Chinese governmental support programs for zero and low-emission vehicles – which are by no means limited to electric cars – now have different support programs from both local and federal government agencies in China.
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