How Tesla Paints Your Model 3 Vehicle

Tesla just released video of a brand new, udder-style painting robot, one that could help the company finally sustain its lofty production goals.
Shelby Rogers

Tesla has used the Model 3's production to test several innovations in manufacturing their cars. And thanks to a recent tweet from the company, Tesla fans now have a closer look as to how the electric vehicle maker paints up its cars.

The new video shows an udder-style applicator spraying paing on a Model 3. (The cow and robot emojis are arguably the best parts of the description.)

The new paint robot helps ease one of the biggest bottlenecks for production. According to an email sent by Elon Musk in June to employees, the paint shop still remained a massive struggle for the company's automation. 

In order to get through production, Tesla produced the Model 3 in batches of certain colors to make the process more efficient. 

Not only does the company have a new way to streamline their color options, but Tesla finally produced one long-awaited color in particular: Obsidian Black.

According to Electrek's Fred Lambert (who put in his own order for a sleek Obsidian black Model 3 Performance), owners are being alerted that their Model 3s are going into production.

This would also mean Tesla will start its Model 3 Performance deliveries in Canada -- where Lambert resides. All in all, a simple painting robot could be a key to the company finally maintaining the production surge it experienced before the end of last quarter.

Tesla's Twitter Mistake

While the company celebrates finally fixing the last major bottleneck in production, Tesla officials might be dealing with another headache. This time, it's due to tweets sent out by CEO Musk himself. 

United States financial regulators are currently in the process of inquiring whether Musk was truthful when he tweeted out that he'd secured funding for a corporate buyout. 

As Interesting Engineering reported yesterday, Musk's tweets -- which caused a 10 point surge in stock value -- caught the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Under current United States law, companies and corporate officials can't give their shareholders misleading information regarding company events. This could put Musk in hot water if the SEC investigation deems that the CEO's tweets were a bit too much information. 

On Tuesday, Musk tweeted that he'd planned on taking his electric car making venture private at $420 a share. Those figures came to a total valuation of $72 billion -- roughly 20 percent higher than the stock's trading price on that day. 

Musk even released a follow-up blog post in which he explained he wanted to streamline stockholder investments. 

Recent reports also confirm that Musk has been in discussions with Tesla board members about taking the company private. 

“Last week, Elon opened a discussion with the board about taking the company private,” the statement from several board members said, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.