Tesla is well known for making continuous improvements to their vehicles and adding features on the fly.
The approach is that of unlike legacy automakers, who wait for model year or mid-cycle updates to implement changes in design or features.
At least one of those legacy automakers has realized the benefit of Tesla’s approach, and have implemented a similar approach, one that has already reaped financial benefits for the company.
That company is Ford, which last year convened a task force made up of the Mustang Mach-Es purchasing, manufacturing, and engineering teams.
According to Automotive News, the team studied competitor products, gathered input from social media, and data from their fleet of vehicles to eliminate $1,000 in Mach-E production costs.
One of the ways in which that figure was reached was by reducing the number of piece of the Mach-Es frunk from nine to two.
But they were also able to achieve a reduction by actually adding a feature – heated seats to the California Route 1 edition.
According to Palmer, they also simplified the cooling system in the Mach-E, reducing the amount of cooling hoses and the number of motors from four to two.
This piece of advice likely came from Sandy Munro, who called the Mach-E’s Thermal System a ‘nightmare’ during a teardown last year.
While Ford has been able to reduce Mach-E production costs, they have not committed to passing those savings on to consumers.
Ford doesn’t plan on only implementing this process with the Mach-E, but carry it on for the upcoming F-150 Lightning, E-Transit, and other future EVs.
Source: Automotive News