Tesla have invested a lot of time and resources in their division that’s is trying to help us get off the main electric grid as quickly as possible, as most electricity is still generated without renewables. They have now announced the next version of their Solar Roof, and it seems to be ready for the masses.
The new solar roof tiles are made of textured black glass, and Elon Musk says the whole roof can be installed in about 8 hours. Starting at $35,000 (with government subsidies), Musk said that the price is “less than what the average roof costs plus solar panels.”
A big focus for Tesla this time around was improving the installation process. Many early adopters did highlight the installation as a massive pain point, even though they were still happy to have done it. “Versions 1 and 2, we were still sort of figuring things out,” Musk said earlier this week during a call with investors. “Version 3, I think, is finally ready for the big time.”
Musk is expecting the ramp up to happen quickly, even though it is still a couple of months away. “Our goal is to get north of 1,000 roofs a week as fast as possible,” he said, adding that the eventual goal is to be able to install between 10,000 and 20,000 roofs a week.
Unfortunately this product is still only available in the USA, for manufacturing reasons, but if the rollout is successful and they are able to ramp up quickly, other markets can expect the product soon. “We can make roofs come alive, you can have a live roof instead of a dead roof,” he said. “In the future it will be odd for roofs to be dormant or dead or not gather energy.”
The next step for the Solar Roof product will be different styles other than the black textured tiles, which will be needed as Tesla wants to roll it out to buildings with different architectures.