Tesla offered a VIP tour of the Tesla Fremont factory to MKBHD (Marques Brownlee), a popular YouTuber.
The video does a great job at making you feel like you are walking through the factory with Brownlee and Musk.
Among other things they discussed was the question of whether Musk thinks a $25,000 Tesla is possible:
“Yeah, absolutely… The key to making things affordable is design and technology improvements, as well as scale.
“If you think of like, say, phones…the earliest cell phones, like in the original [movie] Wall Street, the guy’s walking down the beach and he’s [carrying] a massive phone, and all it could do was phone. And it had 30 minutes of battery life. At that time, in the absence of technology improvements, no amount of money, no amount of scale could have made that phone affordable. There had to be a lot of engineering iterations, a lot of design iterations. And we’re probably, I don’t know, on the 30th version of a cell phone. And with each successive design iteration, you can add more capability, you can integrate more things, you can figure out better ways to produce it. So, it actually gets better and cheaper. It’s a natural progression of any new technology; it takes multiple versions and a large volume to make it affordable.”
Who is Marques Brownlee?
Also known by his show name MKBHD, is an American YouTuber, best known for his technology-focused videos. The channel, whose name is a concatenation of MKB (Brownlee’s initials) and HD (for high-definition), has over 6.5 million subscribers and over 985 million total video views.