Tesla to build more service centres as Model 3 production ramps up

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  • It’s Me

    However, with an estimated 400,000 orders having already been placed, the company will have to ramp up assembly.

    To help with that, Tesla has announced that it will be adding 100 new service centres, hiring 1400 more service technicians and tripling its service capacity worldwide. Furthermore, Tesla is adding over 350 service vans, which will be able to handle a number with issues for cars out on the road.

    How does adding more service centres, service technicians and service capacity help with ramping up assembly? Would adding more charging stations also help the build more cars faster?

    • ciderrules

      It doesn’t.

      But it’ll sure help when all those cars start breaking down.

    • It’s Me

      Of course it will. But strangely that’s not what the article explains.

  • Stephen_81

    I have been hinging back and forward about getting an X type, as my Explorer is being built. The Lack of Service Centres and quick charge stations is one of the only things that keeps me from clicking Order… I hope they double these service centres yet again so in 3yrs time I can comfortably buy one of these cars.

    • ciderrules

      Why would anyone spend money on a Model X? I’m being dead serious. SUVs at half the price are far better equipped.

    • Stephen_81

      No other SUV has the Tesla Autopilot, until I went out in a friends tesla a few months ago, I did not see the value in the tesla, I didn’t see why I would pay the premium just to get closer parking spots.
      For me, and my driving, the Tesla represents having a chauffeur for many of my hours on the road, and the front seat space is unlike any vehicle, I’d match it closest to my former F250 with the front bench seat.

      Also the acceleration in a Tesla is awesome, kills your mileage but you can get out and to speed faster than any other SUV even close to its price range.

    • Rev0lver

      How long does it take to get an Explorer? A couple of weeks? Why would you buy an overpriced Tesla instead of waiting for that long?

    • Stephen_81

      I’m at 6 weeks now, looks like another 3 weeks to go.
      When I calculate my total cost on the explorer vs the Tesla the price differential over 5 years is not a lot.
      $70,000 for my explorer + $10,000/yr in fuel ( 65,000km/yr) over 5 years is $120,000
      the Tesla is approx $140,000 as I’d equip it, and the auto pilot feature and their maping tool plus the massive amount of increased space in the front seats is worth the extra $4000/yr.

    • Rev0lver

      Autopilot is just fancy cruise control and you’d never be ablei drive a model x 65000 kms a year to to charging times and lack of quick chargers in Canada. Plus the greatly reduced range in winter.

    • Stephen_81

      Have you used the Autopilot? It is far from a fancy cruise control feature, you are hands free and the car identifies posted speedlimits and adjusts accordingly, the adaptive cruise control in both Mazda and Ford, don’t even have a glimmer of the control the Autopilot has. you have to get behind the wheel.

      The lack of quick charging points was something I was concerned about, but after checking the range and distance between them, the 2 times a year I go to Timmins I’d have to rent, same with Thunder Bay, which I rent for anyway. but everywhere south of Sudbury, and North hwy 410/401 is easily traversed via the highway range, requiring 15min of quick charge per day, in addition to night time charging.

      It is access to Service centres and lead times for that right now that is the issue, I have 3 Ford Dealers who I can drop in get my car serviced and be gone without an appointment quickly as I’ve built relationships over the years.
      But it doesn’t negate that I have seriously been running the numbers and plotting consistent travel paths against quick charge stations to gauge if I could make the move to a Tesla.

    • Rev0lver

      I haven’t used it, but it’s not beyond the systems of Tesla’s competition such as Mercedes and Audi. The new system on the Audi A8 is more advanced than that on Tesla’s (the A8 is categorized as Level 3). It’s also nothing like a chauffeur, it requires you to have your hand on the wheel at all times but also only works on well marked highways in perfect weather conditions. Might be great in California, not so much in Canada.

      Tesla’s make very little sense for the vast majority of Canadians due to our climate and lack of charging. I’m extremely doubtful that you could cover 65000 kms a year in an electric vehicle in Canada.

    • Stephen_81

      The Auto Pilots prompts you to put your hand on the wheel depending on the conditions, on highway 12, where I tried it, It adapted to the 3 speed changes and the traffic, it prompted hands on the wheel every 4-5 minutes, though I’m told if the traffic was a bit lighter it would have prompted slightly less often.

      My average daily drive is 345km into and home from Toronto which is done on a single charge especially the majority of the drive being on the 400 series. I have a charging station in Barrie, and in Parry Sound.

      My Friend with the Tesla says he only sees about a 10% drop in range in the winter, which again keeps my average daily requirement within a full charge.

      I’ve been skeptical as you are, and I still do have my Explorer on Order, but it is very doable with proper planning to make the Tesla work.

      I did not try the Merc, but I didn’t find the Audi much more advances than the Mazda it adjusts based on the speed of the car in front of you, it doesn’t auto adjust to the highway speeds and construction zones.
      Because of the cost of Fuel the Audi was near $40,000 more than the Explorer which I couldn’t justify.