Elon Musk on Friday afternoon revealed details of the latest version of Tesla’s Solar Glass Roof, announcing that installations have begun and should ramp up in the coming weeks. This third iteration of the electricity-generating house-topper will be cheaper, easier, and faster to install than its predecessors, Musk said in a public Q&A session. That makes it a viable candidate for the kind of scale the Tesla CEO tends to target, reaching thousands of homes a week in a few months’ time. “It’ll grow like kelp on steroids,” he said. And with enough growth, it could revive Tesla’s stumbling attempt to be not just a carmaker, but an energy company.

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is 屋顶。它是由玻璃砖,可以把光子转化为电能。从地面,瓷砖就是从不透明的石板别无二致,平息关于帮助环境和伤害人的眼睛之间的权衡关注。麝香展示了该产品的第一个版本在2016年,从不公开的第二版本,直到星期四。最新的版本带有一个25年质保,而且玻璃能承受110英里的大风和冰雹近2英寸直径的大块的承诺。

For years, Musk has said that the solar roof and Powerwall (basically a big battery that allows owners to store energy produced by solar power,而不是将其发送到网格)是公司的追求,以加快采用清洁能源的重要。但因为它开始采取了太阳能屋顶保留三年,特斯拉一直在努力与产品,延缓其推出并赢得相对较少的安装。第二个版本,麝香周五表示,如此昂贵的生产和安装特斯拉是“基本上尽量不赔钱。”的边缘,特别是在遇到排水沟瓷砖,“非常作坊式”,经常在工作地点完成,制作一个复杂和耗时的安装。在今年的第二季度,特斯拉刚装29的太阳能电力远的200其季度高兆瓦。

3.0版,他说,使用更大的瓦片和不同的材料(没有更多的细节存在),以及超过一半的削减零件和组件的数量。工作放缓,而特斯拉专注于生产其模型3轿车它的资源,但现在生产的运行smoothly-and profitably—it has swung its attention back to the roof.

麝香太阳能的野心已经比延迟的更多的困扰。屋顶开始与太阳能城市,特斯拉在2016年收购了$ 2.6十亿伙伴关系。自那时以来,该企业有 lost market share, and Tesla shareholders have filed a lawsuit 声称特斯拉买贵了该公司的其中麝香是主席和最大的利益相关者,给予其财政困难。它也面临着西装从沃尔玛违反合同和重大过失的,特斯拉七家沃尔玛商店安装太阳能电池板后 allegedly caught fire.

真正形成,但是,麝香上周五搬到取代过去和现在对未来重大承诺的担忧。他的目标是八个小时的安装时间,他说什么它需要一个船员放下一个简单的传统屋顶。他承诺类似于标准屋顶的价格了。 “我们追着你不放, comp shingle,“ 他说。特斯拉计划与内部人员做安装启动,并且一旦明确了其流程开始与其他公司合作。瓷砖将在特斯拉的gigafactory 2水牛建成。

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Tesla’s home market, at least, may be ready for Version 3.0. As wildfire season ignites, the California utility PG&E has repeatedly turned off electricity to hundreds of thousands of people, in an attempt to stop damaged power lines from starting fires. (That didn’t prevent the Kincade fire,这是现在通过索诺玛县撕裂。)麝香所述特斯拉已经看到在可能响应于停电,与更多的订单的Powerwall单元沿订单的凸块。屋顶,轮流阳光转化为电能的想法可以在家里困可能是陌生的,“但它只是这应该是一个事情,”麝香说。 “你可以有一个活的屋顶,而不是一个死一个。”和特斯拉可能有一个活的能源业务,而不是一个死一个。


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