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According to Gizmodo (This article and its images were originally posted on Gizmodo November 30, 2018 at 11:24PM.)
The recent reports that Elon Musk told his employees that the $35,000 Model 3 would cost $38,000 to build made me realize some things: first, -$3,000 is a pretty crappy profit margin, and second, Tesla needs some friends. Specifically, they need some friends who build lots of good cars yet have no clear plans to build electric cars in the future. They need friends like Subaru and Mazda.
Hear me out: right now, Tesla is having lots of trouble building cars, in all the important ways: getting the quality they need, the quantity they need, at the price they need. If you look at the letter allegedly from Musk, Tesla has isolated the part of building cars that’s giving them the most trouble:
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