Elon Musk unveiled Tesla and SolarCity’s upcoming product in October, Solar roof which generates electricity but looks pretty similar (somehow better) to the regular roof.
Elon Musk said the solar roofs would cost less than a regular roof – if you count the savings from the roof’s energy generation.
While he is right if we think of it for the long term, what if the solar roof’s upfront cost were much bigger than the cost of a regular roof, that would probably deter some customers from going for the solar roof.
Now, however, Musk claims the solar roof will cost less to manufacture and install than a non-solar roof, even without the electricity savings.
Musk said so on Thursday, Bloomberg reports after Tesla shareholders approved the company’s acquisition of SolarCity.
“So the basic proposition will be: Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and—by the way—generates electricity? Why would you get anything else,” Musk said.
If Tesla can deliver on this promise – to sell solar roof that costs less than a traditional roof, with electricity generation being just a bonus. If that’s true then why would a customer not buy solar roof from Tesla?
While the actual solar roof tiles won’t be cheap, How they are going to be cheaper? Musk plans big savings on shipping – the solar roof tiles being more durable and lighter than traditional ones, they would be significantly cheaper to ship.
The company has not announced the price for Tesla’s solar roof, either standalone or package with a Tesla PowerWall 2 home battery and electric car charger. These products are scheduled to be launched in 2017.