Tesla surprises people with something every year.new. Over the past five years, she has shown the world several completely new electric cars. These include the relatively inexpensive Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle, the Tesla Model Y crossover, the Tesla Semi electric truck, and the futuristic Tesla Cybertruck pickup truck. And the current year 2020 will clearly be remembered for the fact that the company launched a preliminary version of a full-fledged autopilot, which is able to drive a car without a driver. But in 2021, the company may switch to completely different field of activity... During a teleconference on the financial results of Tesla for the third quarter of this year, Elon Musk spoke about the new "killer product" of the company. But what does the company want to surprise us with?
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In fact, the company has not come up with anything radically new. According to Elon Musk, in 2021 Tesla's main product will not be electric cars, but solar panels Solar Roof for installation on rooftops. The head of the company announced that in ten years people will be happy to see houses around them that generate electricity on their own. They will not only be beautiful, but will also allow you to abandon methods of generating electricity that are harmful to nature.
We are talking about power plants. Today, most of the electricity comes from thermal power plants, which use the energy generated by burning fossil fuels like coal and oil. Power plants emit many greenhouse gases into the air, which raise the temperature of the planet's air and lead to catastrophic consequences.
Solar panels on rooftops
Solar Roof technology was announced in 2016year. Its essence is that the company will cover the roofs of houses with tiles with built-in solar panels. The collected energy will be transferred to the battery, which will direct it to inverter - device for converting direct currentinto a variable. Homes equipped with a "solar roof" will be less dependent on power plants, which means that the owners will pay less money for electricity.
Thus, people with solar roofs will have two benefits:
- First of allthey will contribute to the protection of the environment;
- Secondly, will be able to save money.
On the economic benefits of Solar Roof Elon Musktold back in 2019 on his twitter. According to his calculations, a roof with solar panels will allow people to save up to $ 500 on utility bills annually. He advertised the technology as almost an additional source of income:
It's like having a money printer on the roof of your house.
Tesla also reported that the installation"Sun roof" will be very simple and fast. For example, a roof kit for a 185 square meter home can be installed in just 8 hours. In comparison, the installation of conventional roof tiles takes several days. Another benefit of the Solar Roof is its 25-year warranty.
US residents have long been able to order the installation"Solar roof". You can place an order on the official Tesla website. They have two roof options available: a regular one for ~ $ 30,000 and a more beautiful one for ~ $ 40,000. But in general, the price varies depending on the size of the roof.
Tesla employees were the first people to install solar panels on their rooftops in 2017. You can read about it here.
According to Electrek, during installationworkers often have problems. The reason for this is believed to be that Tesla entrusts this work to third-party roofers. They clearly do not perform a sufficient number of test installations before arriving at customers and this problem needs to be urgently addressed in 2021. Journalists have already managed to find more than a hundred open vacancies for roofers and they are mainly required in Canada. It turns out that the company intends to enter the international market and its solar roofs will not only be available in the US.
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The fact that Tesla will focus on expanding its solar roofing business does not mean that it will abandon its car manufacturing business. In mid-December, the company intends to release a full version of the autopilot, which means that in 2021 there will be manynews about its capabilities. Plus, the company is constantly improving its current vehicles, especially the Tesla Semi truck. And in the future, she promised to release an electric car, which can be bought for 2,000,000 rubles. You can read about him in this material.