Five Hours Of QC Tests For Tesla Model S – Video

Before a Tesla Model S is released to its awaiting buyer, the car must undergo a virtual gauntlet of tests for five hours to ensure it meets the company’s quality control standards.

The car is test driven under strenuous conditions, immersed in a hurricane of a water shower, and must have 101 boxes positively marked on a 101-point checklist.

Recently Wired was allowed inside of the Fremont, Calif. factory and put together a video compilation of the procedures to which the Model S is subjected.

Presently, Tesla’s Web site pegs wait times at approximately one month for a new “P85″ Performance version with 85-kwh battery, two months for the mid-level 85-kwh version, and three months for the 60-kwh version.