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https://techcrunch.com/video/techcrunch-visits-the-chevy-bolt-plant/5820724950954934a849f00f/

Pretty sweet vid of the production process. Especially all those automated machines. :)
Sweet is in the eye of the beholder. It makes me both smile and wax nostalgically sad. I grew up in the shadow of GM's Fremont assembly plant (now Tesla's home base), where my step-dad was a low-level production manager on the truck line until the plant was shut down in 1982. We periodically got to go to employee-family tours and see the assembly process that was then state-of-the-art. No robots, no self-guided delivery vehicles. Lots and lots of workers running spot welders, air wrenches, or paint sprayers, or coordinating chain-driven mechanical parts delivery lines bringing in doors, body sub-assemblies, engines, etc. A bee-hive of human activity and noisy, jerky, conveyor lines. But it put bread on the table for a whole lot of us and a measure of pride about how, even with such relatively primitive processes, our dads assembled one car or truck that rolled off the line, started up, and drove off to inspection every 90 seconds.

Makes me wonder what the current kids of Orion, Hamtramck, and other GM assembly plants will be nostalgic about in 50 years.
 

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Makes me wonder what the current kids of Orion, Hamtramck, and other GM assembly plants will be nostalgic about in 50 years.
Cool days? Oceans that weren't acidified? Fewer severe storms?
 

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Makes me wonder what the current kids of Orion, Hamtramck, and other GM assembly plants will be nostalgic about in 50 years.
That back then there were actually humans involved in fabricating automobiles.

Eventually there will be no people in the automobile manufacturing plants.
 

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That back then there were actually humans involved in fabricating automobiles.

Eventually there will be no people in the automobile manufacturing plants.
And hell, someday humans may not even drive cars either.
Right before Skynet takes over the world. :p
 

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Sweet is in the eye of the beholder. It makes me both smile and wax nostalgically sad. I grew up in the shadow of GM's Fremont assembly plant (now Tesla's home base), where my step-dad was a low-level production manager on the truck line until the plant was shut down in 1982. We periodically got to go to employee-family tours and see the assembly process that was then state-of-the-art. No robots, no self-guided delivery vehicles. Lots and lots of workers running spot welders, air wrenches, or paint sprayers, or coordinating chain-driven mechanical parts delivery lines bringing in doors, body sub-assemblies, engines, etc. A bee-hive of human activity and noisy, jerky, conveyor lines. But it put bread on the table for a whole lot of us and a measure of pride about how, even with such relatively primitive processes, our dads assembled one car or truck that rolled off the line, started up, and drove off to inspection every 90 seconds.

Makes me wonder what the current kids of Orion, Hamtramck, and other GM assembly plants will be nostalgic about in 50 years.
But but but, there were NO EVs back then... :p

Current kids of Orion are glued to their smartphones trying to get their tinder dates to netflix and chill with them...
 

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According to the movie the production rate was about 1 vehicle every 2 minutes and every 4th or 5th vehicle was a Bolt EV. Chevy seems to be on track to sell ~ 60K Sonics this year so it sounds like the initial annual rate for Bolt EV production observed during this brief visit is of the order of 15K - 20K. Not too shabby for starters.

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My dad had an ev then, yellow wedge running on deep cycles and contactors
 

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My grandpa had an EV trike in the 1970's.
He didn't build it. He bought it.
Used lead acid batteries I'm sure but it took him everywhere he wanted to go around town.
( So. CA )
 
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