Posts Tagged ‘electric’

Flighty Driver Runs a Red in a Model X with a Factory Plate – This Isn’t a Good Look for Tesla Motors

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

You can generally go right on red to get onto Polk, but you need to stop first – there’s the rub. Or maybe slow down enough to qualify for a California Stop. But When you treat a red as if it were a green or a yellow, well, that’s running a red, six-figure Tesla driver:

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You see a lot of Teslas with manufacturer’s plates about Frisco. IDK why…

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[UPDATE: Oh, I said plates even though I know/knew that the DMV only issues one MFR plate at a time, and not in pairs the way it usually does for most cars. This means that the driver of this ride has an excuse for not having a Front License Plate, unlike so so many other Tesla drivers on the Streets of San Francisco these days. And I should note that this station wagon looks exceedingly ugly, from the standpoint of a normal person in 2017 – it’s on a par with a memorably ugly vehicle like a Pontiac Aztek, something like that. And the ridiculously large Conestoga wheels don’t help neither. Sry, not sry.]

Tesla Forgets the Lesson Toyota Taught GM in Fremont: “Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Read and learn, from NPR:

“At the old GM plant in Fremont, Calif., the system had been totally different and there was one cardinal rule that everyone knew: the assembly line could never stop.

“You just didn’t see the line stop,” Madrid said. “I saw a guy fall in the pit and they didn’t stop the line.”

Lee, the supervisor who oversaw the plant summed it up this way: “You saw a problem, you stopped that line: you were fired.”

As a result, vehicles at the plant had lots of defects. Haggerty saw all kinds of mistakes go right down the line.

“So we had Monte Carlos with Regal front ends and vice versa,” he recalled. There were cars with engines put in backwards, cars without steering wheels or brakes. Workers fixed them later in a yard outside — sometimes doing more damage to the vehicles.”

So those were the bad old days of GM in Fremont. But then came the Toyota Way of doing things during the NUMMI era:

At the NUMMI plant you can see Toyota’s solution to this — a thin nylon rope that hangs on hooks along the assembly line. It’s called the andon cord and when pulled, it will stop the line.

The first pull summons a team leader. Workers try to correct the problem on the line. If it takes too long to fix, the line stops. The andon cord also plays a surprisingly cheerful little song that workers can chose. For longtime GM workers who switched to the NUMMI system, all this was a revelation.

After two decades at the GM Fremont plant, Earl Ferguson flew to Japan to learn a whole new way of making cars.

When Madrid trained in Japan, he saw workers stop the line to fix a bolt.

“That impressed me,” he said. “I said, ‘Gee that makes sense.’ Fix it now so you don’t have to go through all this stuff. That’s when it dawned on me. We can do it. One bolt. One bolt changed my attitude.”

And guess what’s made at that very same factory down south in Fremont today – that’s right, Teslas:

After Tesla’s Model S sedans and Model X SUVs roll off the company’s Fremont, California assembly line, the electric vehicles usually make another stop – for repairs, nine current and former employees have told Reuters.

The luxury cars regularly require fixes before they can leave the factory, according to the workers. Quality checks have routinely revealed defects in more than 90 percent of Model S and Model X vehicles inspected after assembly, these individuals said, citing figures from Tesla’s internal tracking system as recently as October. Some of these people told Reuters of seeing problems as far back as 2012.

By now, the reader should have realized that New Tesla is sort of like Old GM.

Artist’s conception of Elon Musk wearing Mens crocs size XXL, if he ever were to do that and then pose awkwardly in/on an expensive vehicle that obviously didn’t fit him (or Arnold, or Gavin, or a lot of others who Wanted To Believe):

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What Must Be the Most Powerful Skateboard in Frisco – Get a Load of This Rolling Science Project

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

As seen dans Le Manche de la Casserole of Golden Gate Park:

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The Scariest Halloween Costume Yet: Tech Bro Riding $1500 Electric Skateboard on the Sidewalk

Monday, November 6th, 2017

A very realistic portrayal:

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You Shouldn’t Pilot Your Skateboard on the Sidewalks of San Francisco UNLESS It’s Electric-Powered

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

‘Cause once you’ve got a battery under your $1500 board, well, you’ve got carte blanche, baby

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Skate on, Brother. Skate on.

Our Electric-Powered Personal Transportation Future – These People Don’t Just Say, “MUNI SUCKS,” They Do Something About It

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Full face helmet, natch. (I mean, you don’t want to be like one of those helmetless FordGoBike “bikeshare” rental bike users going over the handlebars on Market due to the front tires getting stuck in an SFMTA streetcar rail chasm, right?)

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These unicyclists were hauling ass on the Panhandle Bike Path / Multi Purpose Trail. Zoom zoom:

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And further west on JFK, we have a Tesla Motors-beshirted skateboarder and an electric-powered trike:

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So many ways to avoid MUNI we have in this Year 2017…

Good SCOOT Parking vs. Bad SCOOT Parking

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Good:

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Bad:

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As the Chevy Volt –> VOLTRON, the New Chevy Bolt –> BOLTRON

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Voltron you know already, now here’s BOLTRON, which costs about $20k more than what it looks like it should, but otherwise seems fine, for those who can charge at home or at work.

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Scotland has TESSIE, Frisco has TEZZI, a Tech Bro’s Tesla Model S

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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THE FUTURE IS NOW: Free, Ad-Supported, Electric Charging at Serramonte – THE MALL HAS IT ALL

Monday, September 11th, 2017

I guess the ad is what’s new here – I’ve never seen this:

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Serramonte Center is your prototypical mall. It’s undergoing an urbanist-inspired makeover that makes it an even less attractive place to go to. I’ll tell you, I’m not going to go there and then complain about going there on a regular basis, it’s just that my special lady friend had something delivered to the fucking mall (like why would you want to go there?) instead of to herself, by mistake, and of course it wasn’t her mistake. But what can you do? So you drive on down there and there are zero parking spaces and all this, as I said, urbanist-type crap (huge sidewalks, aesthetic plantings what take up a lot of room) that they are constructing. There’s no place to park as they are making new multilevel structures and there’s no real place to drop people off close to the stores. It’s a hybrid of old and new, and it’s not looking good. And of course even after they finish it’s still not going to be good.

JMO.