On Friday, As part of a joint collaboration between Tesla and SolarCity, Tesla unveiled a new solar roof design that Musk claimed will be cheaper, more durable, and better insulating than a normal roof, while also looking better and transforming the home it sits atop.
This is the kind of stuff that, if adopted widely, could change the way we live for decades into the future.
They’ll come in four different architectural styles: Tuscan, slate, smooth, and textured. Have a look to see which one might look best on your house — but keep in mind we don’t know the price tag yet.
Solar roofs are great, but the question remains — how will you store all this energy? Tesla has a solution for that too, because Musk also showcased the Powerwall 2.0 in Los Angeles. The new unit can store 14kWh of energy with a 5kW continuous power draw and a 7kW peak. Not only is this double the energy density of the first Powerwall, the system is scalable up to 9 units for larger homes and businesses.
The end goal is a three-tiered system where customers generate their own energy with a solar roof, store that energy with a Powerwall, and commute around town with an electric car. Tesla calls this the zero-emission lifestyle, and while we’re still a ways away from realizing it, we’re certainly getting closer.