T alk has it that Elon Musk is ramping up production of Tesla’s new Version 3 Solar Roof Tiles. They are working to push out enough for 1000 homes per week. The uptake of the earlier V2 type did not meet forecasts, so they are back with a new better, model. Now with a 23% efficiency rating, this could spark interest.
All the details are still not clear, but this new series of tile will see more power and lower cost. Earlier solar tiles have efficiencies of about 18% and are costly in comparison, according to reports. Originally there were four styles, Tuscan, Slate, Smooth and Textured, but only the Textured type made it on to roofs. Tesla says that the other styles will now be available to help boost uptake.
Since the earlier tiles came about, Tesla now makes them in its new Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. What Tesla had in mind at the start, was to integrate both solar and roofing industries. The process to develop these tiles has been slow and costly. They were after a longer lasting roof material that also could turn out PV power too. It seems they are very close to that now.
Earlier versions of the tiles are practical, but have a “LEGO” block appearance, which is not necessarily what customers want. So, Musk and the team set about to keep the benefits of the “block” system, but change the look. They are hoping that this, higher output and lower price, will get more people on board.
There are other hurdles too that they must deal with like certification by worldwide authorities. But perhaps just shaking up customer's perceptions is vital as well. Getting the building industry to fully embrace this technology may take some time too. But, this recent news shows that Tesla has not given up on its vision for a total energy solution.Click on the stars to rate this article: