Even the biggest and best manufacturers can't pull off such ambitious goals
Toyota has manufactured more assembly plants and earned more quality awards than any other automaker over the last 30 years. In fact, Toyota's quality feats have been so far beyond the industry standards that General Motors, the world's largest auto manufacturer, developed a joint venture with Toyota just so that it can better learn and understand the Toyota production system.
Toyota's talents took decades of continuous improvement and learning. Yet Toyota will still need four years to develop a new assembly plant in Mexico -- with only a 300,000-vehicle capacity. It's not the physical construction of this plant that is the obstacle. It's developing the talents and capabilities of suppliers, many of whom already supply Toyota with millions of parts worldwide.
Even if Tesla had all the money in the world, it simply doesn't have the level of experience to accomplish its 500,000-unit goal in half that time, and it certainly doesn't have the relationships. Sure, Tesla's the "it" brand of the moment, but it has a history of promising great success, only to fall short of expectation time and again. If that's the kind of company you want to invest in, I've got some excellent oceanfront property to sell you.
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