People are Important! In difficult times like we find ourselves, we, as a global community are being told to isolate, to keep ourselves safe and avoid contact with other people.
We need to keep a distance of 1.5 -2 meters if we have to go out to do essential things like buying food. I am sure as most people will have found that attempting to do this is not as easy as it sounds.
Yet people are important! They are important to our wellbeing, our social interactions and our mental health. In the technological world we find ourselves we can still remain connected.
We have interactions thousands of times a day when not socially isolated. So, it is only fair that we try to replicate this with technical applications like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, House Party and more. Without this innovation we would be finding it a challenge to isolate as effectively as most countries have.
Where this becomes problematic is when companies need to continue to grow and develop in these hard times. Tesla has made inroads prior to this virus to make sure that it has residual, sustainable systems that allow for ongoing production and growth of the brand.
Tesla has had to shut down the Fremont Factory at a time when they were hitting their stride for the beginning of 2020. In doing so they ultimately cannot produce the Model X, Model S, Model 3 or Model Y in the United States.
They still had deliveries of stock that they have been able to make over the last month using the social distance no touch delivery. Something that any other car dealer may find challenging. How have they achieved this? Software! They have the capabilities to control the car remotely and transact with little interaction face to face. Talk about great innovation.
More importantly, Tesla built factories in China Shanghai to help with the local production of the Model 3 and Model Y into the future. This foresight of manufacturing is proving to be a much smarter choice than probably ever realized.
With the recent events China, who has been dealing with the Virus since early December, are now coming out of their quarantine period and starting to ramp back up to full production of the Model 3 and beginning to make good progress on the Model Y factory.
If it turns out that Fremont Factory is not open in the foreseeable future, then is there a possibility for the Shanghai Gigafactory to send some model 3’s to the USA to sell. Granted there is a lot of hurdles that would need to be jumped before ever entering that market but the fact that another factory can produce Tesla Vehicles is important to the company’s survival.
They could send maybe 10% of their production abroad just to keep the supply trickling out to satisfy a variety of countries. It highlights that Tesla is still working to achieve its goals especially in tough times.
So, what can Tesla do during the time when the factories have been closed?
Elon Musk has in recent times with a team of his engineers turned their minds to helping the people most affected, those requiring ICU beds and ventilation. They have looked at what they create with the Tesla vehicles, looked at the parts and the HVAC knowledge and built a ventilator. Just incredible.
A video recently emerged from the engineers at Tesla that outlined the progress they have made. Their progress is nothing short of amazing when you consider they have never worked with medical equipment and, they, within a couple of weeks created a working prototype.
Adaptability in adversarial times helps to grow the brand but also shows compassion for the world around us. Tesla’s mission is to transition the world to sustainable energy and in doing so to help people across the globe to enjoy a world with a better environment than before. This philosophy seems to inspire and extend beyond vehicles when times are tough and change of focus is required.
So, I guess the message is simple, stay in touch, keep family safe and in contact, Tesla can survive during this tough time and continue to support all EV’s as the environment needs them more than ever.
Finally, I just want to say Happy Birthday to my Dad. You are an amazing person and we love you very much.
People are important, family is sacred and the world around us is precious.
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