A year ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk told us he was, "literally, personally looking at every [Model S] at this point. I won't be able to do that long-term." That time has come, but for anyone worried that the change means quality may slip, don't. Why? Because WIRED shows us in the short video below how Tesla quality checks the Model S now that Musk has other things to worry about. WIRED calls the process a "rigorous quality test," and it's one of the last steps in getting Model S EVs out to customers. After the expected two-to-three month wait, which is reportedly pretty average these days, we expect buyers don't mind waiting an extra five hours for the test to finish.

In the video, available below, we learn that the test includes a water tightness segment that uses (or reuses, actually) 1,500 gallons of water, a shake and rattle test over various road surfaces (like fake cobblestone roads), a 20-mile dyno drive at 80 miles per hour and then a 101-point final inspection. Sure, the video is really just 75 seconds of Model S porn, but who are we to say "no" to that?



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      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ Grendal & @ drpawansharma Thanks for sharing those posts!! ( Seriously, NOT boring. ) :-)
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder about doing this work and if the boredom of the 'rain' test is offset by the fun of zipping around indoors in a ModelS. Even over rough surfaces the car is a nice, comfortable ride. I wonder if I'd enjoy doing that.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw my first one in town today. The owner raved about how great the car was. One of her sons, in the jump seat, spotted that I was wearing a Tesla shirt.
        Thereminator
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        In San Diego,I see a Tesla almost every other day,a Leaf(or two) and smart car every day. Great town for electric!
      dpcarguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I only wanted the model X because it has allwheel drive but now that the S might get it then ill stick with it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Grendal, where are you from, and why do you like Tesla so much?
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        From? Silicon Valley. Currently, I'm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My story is that in 2008 a friend posted that he wanted to buy a ZENN. I researched the car and, while simple and electric, it was a NEV with lots of everyday driving limitations. I was intrigued with the idea electric cars and googled "electric car, New Mexico" and found the Tesla Roadster. That was way out of my price range and soon discovered Aptera. I followed that vehicle for many years until it came to a sad conclusion. That is still the vehicle I wish I could buy. But Tesla seemed to be doing everything right and I could see that, if they followed through on their promises, they would lead the electric car revolution. They are not hyper-efficient, but Tesla is doing more to promote EV's than anyone else so that is why they have my support. I generally support any vehicle that improves energy efficiency and is working to phase out the internal combustion engine as the main engine that drives our industrial world. I expect it to be a long slow transition and I am not against the ICE and what it has done for me and the world I live in. I just think we need to move beyond burning fossil fuels as soon as possible. Right now I still drive a Saturn but plan on buying a Model S in 2015. I'd rather buy a Gen III but that won't come out until 2017 and I want to buy in 2015. That's my story. I hope I didn't bore you.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's very good to see Tesla investing in the discipline of thorough quality control from it's earliest period of manufacture. The idea of starting right, maybe prove hard at first, but will pay big dividends as Tesla moves forward. Good to see !
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ Grendal " I hope I didn't bore you " Not at all ! I'm always fascinated by what motivates EV supporters. Thank you for sharing !
      A A
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reusing water? The future is here.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, you're right. Normally I'm a genius but in this case I probably overlooked completely trivial aspects. So glad you pointed it out.
      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Notice how the testing is all done indoors?
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VL00
        It's a big factory. No ICE means there are no toxins being spewed into the air. :)
      drpawansharma
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ grendal, though i do not comment much, i too have been fascinated by electric cars when one day in 2005 i accidentally clicked a link on google news about tesla roadster. since then i have ben religiously following all electric car news everyday, in fact i do not sleep without my daily dose of ABG, GCR, INSIDEEVS, i currently drive a hyundai getz retrofitted to run on cng, i hope to have enough cash to buy an electric car by 2017, hopefully we will have a real electric car in india by then.
      • 1 Year Ago
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