Tesla Model S workshop - cars to be crash-tested are painted orange
Tesla Model S workshop - wiring is installed in VIN # 13, a crash-test vehicleEnlarge Photo
Some of the loudest of the skepticism over Tesla's plans to design and build an all-electric luxury sports sedan have died down after the company showed an all-aluminum body-in-white at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Even Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda checked it out.
Tesla is continuing its campaign to convince the global automotive world that it's a real and viable carmaker, rather than simply a group of Silicon Valley electronics geeks who've managed to have another carmaker build 1,500 copies of an expensive all-electric two-seat supercar.
Toward that end, this week Tesla released several photos of the workshop at its Palo Alto, California, headquarters where prototypes of its 2012 Model S sedan are being engineered, assembled, tested, and torn apart again.
The Model S will be built in the former GM-Toyota plant in Fremont, California, that the company bought from Toyota in a surprise deal last May that also saw Toyota invest in Tesla.
Chief engineer Peter Rawlinson, for one, remains confident. As you might expect.