Tesla has launched the third iteration of its photo voltaic roof tile for residential residence use, which it formally detailed in a weblog publish on Friday and in a name with media. Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked off the decision with some explanatory remarks on the V3 Solar Roof, after which took plenty of questions. The corporate says it’ll start installations within the coming weeks (Musk says some installations have already begun) and that it hopes to ramp manufacturing to as many as 1,000 new roofs per week.
Tesla’s photo voltaic roof tiles — that are designed to look similar to regular roof tiles when put in on a home, whereas doubling as photo voltaic panels to generate energy — are one thing of a work-in-progress. The corporate remains to be tinkering with the product three years after announcing the concept, having finished trial installations with two totally different iterations to this point. “Variations one and two we have been nonetheless figuring issues out,” mentioned Elon Musk on an earnings call earlier this week, including that he thinks “model three is lastly prepared for the large time.”
Tesla’s Photo voltaic Roof web site now features a pricing estimator, which lists $42,500 as the overall value for the common 2,000 square-foot residence, with 10kW photo voltaic panels. It additionally lists $33,950 as the worth after an $8,550 federal tax incentive. You can even enter your tackle and get an up to date estimate that takes into consideration native prices and incentives, and add on any Powerwalls (with three because the default for a 2,000 square-foot roof).
“The solarglass roof shouldn’t be going to make monetary sense for someone who has a comparatively new roof, as a result of that is itself a roof, that has built-in solar energy era,” Musk defined. He went on to notice that Tesla has managed with this model three product to realize a value level that’s “lower than what the common roof prices, plus the photo voltaic panels” that you’d add on high of mentioned roof.
“Determining how one can set up it successfully could be very non-trivial. And we’re truly going to have […] ‘installathons,’ ” Musk mentioned, which is able to pit two groups towards one another to see who can roof one in every of two similar-sized/designed roofs quicker. Musk reiterated later that there’s “fairly a little bit of R&D simply within the set up course of itself.”
Musk additionally mentioned that whereas it’s hiring and coaching specialised installers at first, the plan is to finally develop installations to any third-party contractors as nicely. On the decision, he and the Tesla group mentioned how they centered on getting the set up time right down to the place it’s quicker than putting in conventional shingles, plus photo voltaic panels on high of that. Musk added that his final objective is to put in the photo voltaic glass tiles even quicker than comparative shingles. It is a vital change from model two of the photo voltaic roof, Musk later mentioned.
“We’re doing installations as quick as we presumably can, beginning within the subsequent few weeks,” Musk mentioned about availability, including that the objective is to “get to 1,000 roofs per week” someday in “the following a number of months.”
A report from CNBC from September 2018 discovered that Tesla nonetheless hadn’t carried out many precise installations of its photo voltaic roof tile, regardless of the two-year hole between announcement and the date of their investigation, and a January announcement concerning the initiation of photo voltaic roof tile manufacturing at Tesla’s Buffalo-based Gigafactory. Through the firm’s annual common shareholder assembly in June, Musk mentioned that the third iteration of the tile was being labored on, and whereas he didn’t element the precise variety of installations, he did say that they have been in progress in eight totally different states throughout the U.S. at that time.
Musk addressed a few of the manufacturing delays to this point, addressing the set up complexity of earlier generations, but in addition citing the Tesla Mannequin three manufacturing ramp, which he mentioned “actually stripped assets from photo voltaic for a yr or a year-and-a-half.” Now that Mannequin three manufacturing is in place, Musk mentioned that that has unblocked considerably a few of the firm’s means to concentrate on this problem.
The whole addressable market that Musk sees for this product is someplace on the order of 100 million homes worldwide, and Musk careworn that the corporate does certainly intend to make this obtainable worldwide.
Whereas at launch there might be just one obtainable search for the Photo voltaic Roof, the Tesla CEO additionally mentioned that the corporate will roll out further variants as shortly as it will probably, together with tiles that resemble clay and different options.
The tiles and roof set up carry a guaranty of 25 years, which incorporates their protecting weatherization (together with 130 MPH wind resistance) and their energy era functionality. On stability, the Photo voltaic Roof supplies extra vitality era than a equally sized roof retrofitted with conventional tiles, although individually, the tile’s power-gathering cells themselves are much less energy-efficient than a standard photo voltaic cell. The Photo voltaic Roof is best performing, nevertheless, as a result of it covers extra floor space of a house.