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  • 26-Oct-2017 09:47 EDT

SAE Eye on Engineering: Tesla's Production Problems

Producing vehicles at high volumes and at high quality isn't easy, as the 'old school' automakers in Detroit, Europe and Japan well know. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Brooke looks at Tesla's new Model 3 manufacturing program.

SAE Eye on Engineering also airs Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit's Paul W. Smith Show. Access archived episodes of SAE Eye on Engineering.

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