Affirming its position as a new-generation car company, Tesla Motors' Vice President of Manufacturing Gilbert Passin lays out in detail how the upcoming Model S will be produced on the company's blog. Although other manufacturers use similar production techniques, it is an interesting post for information on the process.
Unlike the current Tesla Roadster, which gets delivered to Tesla as a preassembled body and frame, the company will build the Model S from the ground up, including stamping sheets of aluminum into body panels. Assembly will take place at in Fremont, California, a joint facility with Toyota announced last May.
Passin's post provides some interesting details of the Model S production. Instead of using water for body-leak testing, Tesla will use ultrasonic waves. Once the body is built and wired, the electric power train, including battery pack, motor, transaxle, and rear suspension, is bolted into the car in one step.
The $50,000 Tesla Model S seats seven in a sleek, four-door design. Its all-electric power train gives it a range of 300 miles, with 0-to-60 mph performance of 5.6 seconds. The Model S goes on sale in 2012.