Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to be very excited about the operations of the paint shop at Gigafactory Berlin, which is expected to be one of the most advanced in the automotive industry. The CEO also announced one of the paint choices that will be offered on vehicles that are manufactured at the German plant in a series of tweets this weekend: Deep Crimson.
Today, Tesla retains just a handful of paint choices for their cars. Pearl White Multi Coat is the standard choice free of charge when buying a car, while Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic and Red Multi Coat are available at an additional price. This is a very limited collection of options, especially given that early Tesla models such as the Model S and the original Roadster, offered many more.
For starters, the original Roadster was available in 13 different colors, including classic colors such as Racing Green, Brilliant Yellow, Very Orange, Twilight Blue and Electric Blue. This has helped the Roadster fit right into the market with other similar high-priced sport cars. On the other hand, the original Model S was still very generous with its colors, offering colors such as Green and Brown Metallic. Also, available to first buyers of the full size sedan was a special stunning Signature Color.
Elon Musk did not describe exactly how Deep Crimson will look, although he mentioned in the past that Gigafactory Berlin’s paint shop will be able to produce vehicles with “more layers of stunning colors that subtly change with curvature.” This should offer the company’s vehicles a pretty great look, and it would probably make them stand out even more when compared to their ICE counterpart.
Tesla has had a very spotty past with the paint of their vehicles. When the company released the Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover, some buyers of the vehicles posted stories of poor paint quality. On his part, Tesla has vowed to boost their efficiency. For the most part, as shown by the comments of former GM executive Bob Lutz on the build quality of the Model 3 last year, the company has made headway in its efforts to improve.
“When I spied a Metallic Red Model 3 in an Ann Arbor parking lot, I felt compelled to check it out. I was eager to see the oft-reported sloppy assembly work, the poor-fitting doors, blotchy paint, and other manifestations of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s ‘production hell’ with my own eyes. But, when next to the car, I was stunned. Not only was the paint without any discernible flaw, but the various panels formed a body of precision that was beyond reproach. Gaps from hood to fenders, doors to frame, and all the others appeared to be perfectly even, equal side-to-side, and completely parallel. Gaps of 3.5 to 4.5mm are considered word-class. This Model 3 measured up,” stated Lutz.
That said, Tesla still has several ways to enhance its paintwork. One of them would be to give new colors, or revive old and beloved choices. Luckily, as suggested by Elon Musk’s recent tweet, it appears that Gigafactory Berlin will be up to the challenge. However, the changes in the paint shop at the German plant will also be cascaded into Gigafactory Shanghai and the Fremont factory, which is likely to allow Tesla to catch up and maybe even exceed the competition when it comes to vehicle finishes and build quality.
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