Factory pick-up in lieu of delivery

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I hope that whoever decides won't say this, but if I were them, my position would be:

"The plant is for building Teslas. It is not for entertainment, increasing loyalty, saving the customers money, showing how they're built, or whatever reason they have for plant-side pickup.

It would take resources to manage the process. We'd need a transporter to convey them through the plant, and this could disrupt our employees. What if a kid jumps off and gets hurt? What if someone claims lung damage from battery fumes? How do I know one of the riders won't be an industrial spy? If the truck isn't ready for a week what would be my obligation to transport, house, and feed the buyer and family? Conversely, if it is ready but the customer's arrival is delayed, we'd have to look after the vehicle. If buyers insist we adjust the doors or fix a scratch, we'd need a sub-factory just for that. If somebody gets sick on the tour, how would we handle it? If the new vehicle has trouble on the drive home, what if the customer insists we come and fix it?

Handling groups of people can be problematical, and that's not what we're here for. It's a car factory, not Disneyland."
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When we visited Hershey PA, we wanted to tour the candy factory. There was a special facility for tours only -- a fake mini-factory set up to show how the real one works. No outsiders ever got into the actual factory.
 

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Hiding factory processes from the outside is just bad business.

They say no one wants to know how the sausages are made, but... Those people haven't heard of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

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Hiding factory processes from the outside is just bad business.

They say no one wants to know how the sausages are made, but... Those people haven't heard of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

-Crissa
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I would for sure get to Austin to pick up my Cybertruck. We would get to see a bunch of folks on our way back home to Stagecoach Nevada. Haven't had a vacation away from the farm in a few years.
 

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I live in NY and i'd for sure consider flying in to Austin and driving back to NY. Would end up being cheaper than delivery, and obviously more fun.
I live in NY also and asked Tesla rep whenI test drove M Y that I could pick it up @ factory.
Irrelevant. You aren't going to Texas to buy the truck. You will have bought the truck already.


-Crissa
I hope that whoever decides won't say this, but if I were them, my position would be:

"The plant is for building Teslas. It is not for entertainment, increasing loyalty, saving the customers money, showing how they're built, or whatever reason they have for plant-side pickup.

It would take resources to manage the process. We'd need a transporter to convey them through the plant, and this could disrupt our employees. What if a kid jumps off and gets hurt? What if someone claims lung damage from battery fumes? How do I know one of the riders won't be an industrial spy? If the truck isn't ready for a week what would be my obligation to transport, house, and feed the buyer and family? Conversely, if it is ready but the customer's arrival is delayed, we'd have to look after the vehicle. If buyers insist we adjust the doors or fix a scratch, we'd need a sub-factory just for that. If somebody gets sick on the tour, how would we handle it? If the new vehicle has trouble on the drive home, what if the customer insists we come and fix it?

Handling groups of people can be problematical, and that's not what we're here for. It's a car factory, not Disneyland."
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When we visited Hershey PA, we wanted to tour the candy factory. There was a special facility for tours only -- a fake mini-factory set up to show how the real one works. No outsiders ever got into the actual factory.
Your a stick in the mud and no fun, You shouldn't be allowed to own a CT until u prove you can have fun.
 

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"This solar array powers a fracking field!"

Uhh... Why did you have to write that three times? What was the point? It's plugged into the grid, not specifically any wells. It powers everything. Literally the solar array has no input on who uses power from the grid. That's how it works.

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"This solar array powers a fracking field!"

Uhh... Why did you have to write that three times? What was the point? It's plugged into the grid, not specifically any wells. It powers everything. Literally the solar array has no input on who uses power from the grid. That's how it works.

-Crissa
It is like that part of the movie when the assassin finds out he has not been working for the good guys and getting his homicidal fix can only be OK if he is taking out his employer. I think the main reason he put it there is to get some drama out of it and to imply no matter how much good you do, as long as the bad guy is there, you never know who you are working for so the only way to be sure is to take out the bad guy. The problem is until we get fusion, battery tech/supply,..... sorted out, we still need the bad guy. The longer we give him protection money (subsidies), the longer it takes to sort out those other things. I still use fuel for my ICE (which I drive very little) and natural gas at home so being part of the problem, I can’t really point a finger at anyone (yet). But I am working on it.
 

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Now that the Texas legislature has dropped the ball on the automotive direct-sales bill, maybe we can convince Elon to let us pick up our CT at the factory so we can drive it to Louisiana and back for him "as a subcontractor"

Google Maps: Gigafactory to Louisiana
 

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Texas is known for being corrupt. There was some hard core lobbying...…. bribes, to keep it off the legislative agenda no doubt.
Interesting article. Thanks.

ANOTHER massive subsidy for the O&G industry...

"The company has relied heavily on a decades-old industry exemption passed in 1980 — known as the Bentsen and Bevill Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act — that classifies oil and gas waste as non-hazardous, thereby affording it little regulatory scrutiny."

"According to one calculation in a 2013 analysis co-authored by nuclear physicist and radioactive waste specialist, Marvin Resnikoff, if oil and gas waste were appropriately characterized, disposal costs could increase by more than half a million dollars for every well drilled."


And with regards to corruption in Texas, not any more so than anywhere else in the US.
I've lived here for about 8 years now, and it seems to be one of the better run states out of the many I have lived in. It's just that they are extremely pro business, and O&G interests are primary. That said, the transition is happening. Texas is a huge producer of alternative energy, and I only see that growing massively in the near future.

Case in point, I was down in Galveston a few days ago and there were a hundred or so sections of wind turbine towers stacked up at the port there waiting to get shipped out over land. And this has been going on for several years now, and every time I notice it, there seems to be more and more towers and blades arriving/leaving the port. Pretty amazing.

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The cover on the end of each section reads "CS Wind". They make wind turbine towers.
http://www.cswind.com/eng/?page=product|onshore|on_wind_tower
 
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