Submitted by archvillain on Fri, 2016-04-08 12:04
It sounds like the cost savings of the steel chassis are less than half the amount of extra money I would pay to get an aluminium frame instead, so I'm pretty sure it would be a popular option.
I'm really hoping that the often-touted flexibility of Tesla's robotic production line will allow this option to be feasible, but I suspect that if they're trying to crank out as many Model 3s as they can as fast as possible, then they're unlikely to want to set up a significant area of factory for just a factory option. OTOH... maybe they're better set up for aluminium and can increase car production by building a line of aluminium chassis in parallel?
Clearly, I don't know a lot about factory logistics. Does an aluminium chassis option seem feasible? Likely?