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  • right, it's 7:30 a.m. and welcome to, quite literally, the gates of hell.

  • Well, the gates of the production, held here at Tesla's enormous Fremont factories you see in the background looks a little bit like the death star from Star Wars, doesn't it?

  • This is where they build the Model three or where they had quite a lot of trouble building enough model greasy.

  • Elon Musk had to sleep in the factory to sort it out.

  • Apparently, they're ramping up now to their target, half a 1,000,000 cars a year.

  • But we're gonna go inside there today, take a look around, take a tour, see how they're getting on, see how this company builds their cars differently to everyone else.

  • But that is just the beginning of quite a day that we have installed, because once we've done a whistle stop tour that we're gonna jump in the Model three performance set off on a road trip.

  • A road trip to Los Angeles, five and 1/2 hour's drive, 360 miles.

  • Odd.

  • There will be super charging along the way if we want to absolutely make it there on the reason we're on a road trip is because they're revealing the new border.

  • Why tonight, at the loft in the design center, we have a tight schedule.

  • It's gonna be a bit squeaky, but hopefully this will give you an insight into how this unique company and its products operate.

  • Right.

  • Let's go and get free.

  • Welcome, Pretzels.

  • What records?

  • More?

  • My look.

  • Chelsea beats or sneakers thistles.

  • Gonna keep a safe in the Tesla factory.

  • You're going through hell.

  • Keep going.

  • We have been told that this factory is bigger than the Vatican City, which is not backing an interesting Kessler's comparing itself, huh?

  • Religious.

  • I should give you some actual information.

  • Apparently, Tesler bought this place from $42 million GM, which is quite a lot of money, but not when you consider it's invested.

  • Three and 1/2 $1,000,000,000 quickly.

  • This is me Moto three.

  • Stamping line in action.

  • It's just word into life.

  • 43 tonnes.

  • These guys, there's three of them.

  • The idea is to get a blank sheet metal.

  • It stands the basic shape, trimmed the edges and then the 3rd 1 This is holes and finishes off the panel.

  • Absolutely epic along operated.

  • These guys roll in and out on their own industry and accident.

  • Look at this madness.

  • We've actually found human working inside the Tesla factory.

  • This is one of the few bits that can't be fully automated.

  • They're just checking the panels as they come off the line.

  • Standing off the edge is given them the final check, and then it's stacked up in these massive pallets over here.

  • So apparently this over here is the biggest hydraulic press in the factory.

  • Also the biggest goddamn press in North America.

  • See that massive red cube over there?

  • Apparently, that weighs about 500 ton stamps out the sides of the model s yet 500,000 kilograms of pressure pouring down on one steel panel.

  • You really don't want to get your nuts.

  • See, over here have been sleep.

  • Acting robots are.

  • That's because this is the model three body line.

  • So apparently the most automated body line of any car factory anywhere in the world bar called.

  • Then you see the robots on the floor.

  • They're robots.

  • There's also one hanging off the ceiling and they call those backs.

  • This is Model three General Assembly up here because it's so densely packed in.

  • They've got so many of these cars that you need to use every last square foot.

  • This is the point with a battery pack building.

  • The gigafactory in Nevada is slotted up under me and into the Model three.

  • It's all happening up there on this.

  • If it's all gone to plan is where it will end the final model S and Model X production.

  • The doors air on the trim in the seat sarin that one just rolled off the line off the test track and then eventually off to the customers.

  • Unless, of course, you're a European customer, in which case the powertrain and body disassembled and then reassembled again at the Tilburg Plum in the Netherlands.

  • But it's a beautiful process, one that involves more robots than any other car factory in the world.

  • And that in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen, our test right, that's quite enough of the factory stuff.

  • We've got a big road trip ahead of us, a lot of miles to cover.

  • I'm far more interested in how these cars actually drive, so let's get cracking way.

  • What we have here is a Model three performance, says the 1st 1 the one you want 444 horsepower, not 60 three and 1/2 seconds.

  • Four will drive Stoneking acceleration, but we're not worried about acceleration.

  • For this bit.

  • At least we're worried about range.

  • We're here to get to L.

  • A.

  • In time for the model y reveal event this evening, we're gonna have to stop off for a supercharger or two.

  • Along the way, we've plugged in Kettleman Supercharger, which we're told is one of the biggest supercharger stations in the world On There's a lounge for us to hang out, which sounds quite appealing, so that's what we're aiming for.

  • But there's a lot of miles to cover Before then, what I thought I'd show you is the auto pilot system that you get in the Model three.

  • You're getting all the Tesla's as well.

  • It's just a little bit better.

  • The technology isn't necessarily different to the stuff you get in our D's and JAG ewers and stuff like that.

  • It just seems to work a little bit smoother.

  • It's a bit more intuitive.

  • It lets you take your hands off the wheel for a bit longer.

  • It seems to have softer edges between the white lines.

  • So it works like this.

  • I'm cruising along here about 70 miles an hour.

  • One tap down on this stork on the cruise.

  • Control is on, so you can adjust the speed here.

  • Right?

  • So we're now cruising is radar cruise control, so keep the distance of the car in front at 65 miles an hour on the freeway.

  • All well and good, but you have to do the steering yourself.

  • Or so.

  • What you really want is the autopilot mode that's two clicks down when you've got a gray steering wheel here that goes blue, and now it's taken over the steering.

  • So you see, there's a car there between two blue lines.

  • Other cars around.

  • You pop up on the screen just to let you know that the car is sensing its surroundings on.

  • That's it.

  • It's taken over.

  • It's driving me between the lines at my desired speed, which is 65 miles an hour.

  • Precisely the speed limit.

  • Thank you very much.

  • Yeah, it takes a little bit of time to trust the system.

  • The first time you do it, you kind of sit here with your hands hovering someone near the wheel.

  • But once you've got it, it actually works really well.

  • You can just relax.

  • You can sit back.

  • You can let the car take the strain.

  • And with the car taking the strain well, I've got more time to worry about my range.

  • Basically, range anxiety is a thing.

  • Whether Tesla choose to admit it or not.

  • I've got a little number up there says the battery presented.

  • It doesn't tell you your exact range because that's fluctuating with time, depending on how you're driving.

  • You see, I've got a number here.

  • 84 83% now, not very long ago.

  • That said 99%.

  • I swear that is dropping too fast for us to reach our destination.

  • The computer says it isn't.

  • If I hit it, let one over here and I pressed that.

  • That's his energy.

  • Yes.

  • Here it is.

  • Look, so we get a graph on the screen.

  • So you see, we're on 83% here.

  • This is our journey, and it says we're gonna arrive with 34% battery, 35% battery.

  • When we get to the other end, I'll have to trust the computers on this one.

  • But there is a tension that comes with it, and you find yourself constantly glancing at it.

  • Checking the satin you don't want to go too fast is where the autopilot system.

  • But he helps because it means you don't mind so much doing the speed limit kicking back in the car.

  • Take the strain on just cruising along.

  • 28% range.

  • Still remaining This Tesler Road tripping Lark is easy, isn't it?

  • I thought, while I say I'll just show you how you supercharged Tesler First thing to do is open the charging port.

  • Only an idiot would get out the car without doing that first.

  • Just one second they gave that pops open.

  • Grab the plug, shove it in and that's it.

  • It's a lot easier than filling up with petrol or diesel and getting it all over your shoes, isn't it?

  • The account is linked to the car will cost about $20 to fill up unless the car belongs to Tesler, in which case is free.

  • Just look at this place.

  • Incredible.

  • 40 50 superchargers there must be here, one of the biggest in the world.

  • The biggest, in fact, is in China.

  • When they got 50 year old 52 super charges.

  • But how long before every petrol station in the world looks a little bit like me?

  • Mind blowing?

  • Anyway, let's check out the lab, just plugging in my special Tesler Lounge code there, which comes up on the car satin after.

  • Only has the drivers get in this lamb's so what's it look like?

  • The world's only Tesla's superchargers lounge?

  • Well, a lot like any other land, really in an airport or anywhere else.

  • Comfy seating over there.

  • Vending machines with oversize American snacks.

  • Over there.

  • Over here.

  • Craft Coffee bar.

  • Yes, this is good.

  • Check out the merchandise.

  • Let's get Kettleman City, California T shirt.

  • Imagine if they sold T shirts of the S O Crouch end.

  • I just wouldn't have the same ring to it.

  • Even the cups of branded up Look at this more left model.

  • Three cups obviously haven't come through yet.

  • Person, isn't it?

  • OK, it is a bit annoying, having to stop 50 minutes an hour and fill up your car rather than five minutes to fill it with petrol.

  • But the future is sitting around in company leather seats, drinking nice coffee and checking your e mails before okay, So back on the road, full supercharge, we have 1,000,000 t 5% battery, which feels good 173 miles to our destination.

  • That's three hours, 17 minutes, and it says we're gonna arrive at the model y reveal event at 7:20 p.m. Apparently, the event kicks off at 7 45 so it's a little bit squeaky.

  • Am I worried this being attested?

  • There are some other things within the menu to keep you amused on a long trip.

  • If I hit this Tesler symbol at the top, you get a picture of your jewel motor model three on, then some spangly little symbols up here.