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Tesla launches Solar Roof version 3, Elon Musk touts improvements – quartz



Tesla drops the sunroof – again.

The third version came yesterday. The company first launched the product in 2016 under the newly acquired Solar City. It promised textured glass shingles – hydrographically printed to resemble French slate or Tuscan glass – that could send power into Tesla's home batteries.

However, Tesla failed to install more than a few around the country due to high production and installation costs, as well as technical problems. Recently, Walmart sued Tesla for allegedly igniting fires in seven stores where the solar panels (another but related product) were installed.

Undeterred, Musk said in a conference call yesterday that Tesla's latest offering is a huge improvement on previous versions that proved expensive, cumbersome and too complex to install efficiently. "They didn't really work," he said, comparing them to early iterations of Microsoft's Windows software.

Tesla's latest version has larger tiles, higher density, new materials, simpler designs, more attractive aesthetics and a 25-year warranty. The company will first offer textured black glass chips and then issue new variants every six to nine months. A clay-like version is at least a year away.

Tesla hopes to install more than 1,000 roofs per week in the coming months, while installations will be as soon as possible. Eventually, certified independent installers will be able to sell and install the product yourself. The company hires installers, but refused to say how many teams were already on board or when such partnerships would be approved. During the call, Tesla employees will only say that the solar roofs will be available in at least 25 states where the company already sells solar panels.

Musk predicted that Tesla's roof was suitable for 100 million houses around the world, and an obvious choice for almost anyone to install a new roof. "That's what it should be, so we're going to make it," he said. “The future I think we all want is… when you look around a neighborhood and the roofs gather energy and do something useful. They look beautiful. They are very robust and resilient, and they run the houses they shelter. In 20 years from now you will look around that neighbor, and so it is. "


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