Tesla is at the moment putting in its photo voltaic roof product in eight states, based on Elon Musk, talking on the Tesla Annual Shareholder Assembly on Tuesday. The photo voltaic roof-tile mission has had a comparatively lengthy genesis since being unveiled three years in the past, in 2016.
In 2017, the corporate claimed its first-ever installations of the Tesla photo voltaic roof, after opening up orders for the product within the second quarter of that 12 months. Musk famous in the course of the firm’s Q2 2017 earnings name that each himself and Tesla CTO JB Straubel had the tiles put in and working on their properties.
The corporate additionally introduced final 12 months that it had entered right into a partnership with Residence Depot to promote its photo voltaic panels, together with its PowerWall dwelling battery, however that was about its conventional panels particularly, not the brand new tile product. The tiles are designed to appear like high-quality dwelling tiles folks use at the moment, with built-in photo voltaic panels that aren’t simply recognized from floor stage, with a view to present a extra aesthetically pleasing answer.
Along with having installations run in eight states, Musk stated the photo voltaic roof product is at the moment on model three, and that this model could be very thrilling to him as a result of it gives an opportunity of being at price parity with an equal entry-level low cost conventional tile, once you embody the price of utilities you’d be saving by producing your personal energy as an alternative.
Concerning timelines for wider rollout of the photo voltaic roof merchandise on the prices he anticipates, his personal phrases in all probability say it greatest: “I’m sometimes a little optimistic about time frames — it’s time you knew,” he joked on the assembly.