Tesla's latest Model 3 may come with the most advanced solar roof technology. The roof, designed to harness solar energy is currently being considered for the first time. Though the Model 3 has yet to be released, there seems to be the possibility that the solar roof will be featured on Tesla’s new and upcoming line-ups.
The said roof can generate solar energy and can power up the vehicle and its components. Tesla has developed a type of glass panel, which they embedded with solar cells and is expected to come with the latest Model S.
Twitter was there as the witness. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO happened to divulge juicy details of the possibility of solar roof in a recent tweet. To make it more exciting, Musk hinted about “a deployable solar shield, like a retractable hard top”. This was his response to queries regarding the photovoltaic charging capacity on the solar roof panel. Musk continued responding to another tweet by a certain user, asking whether the solar rooftop would be expensive, and he answered “No.”
Only last week, Musk talked about the company’s newly formed “technology group”. This team will be developing the Model 3’s technologically advanced glass roof panel. Customers will have an option to avail the all-glass roof for an additional price of $1,500-$2,000. According to his tweet last November 4, the CEO is highly recommending the “all glass roof” on the new Model S.
Tesla has also recently unveiled its new line of glass solar roof shingles for homeowners. According to Musk, this solar rooftop uses the same techniques from the automotive industry. Tesla is looking to acquire SolarCity, the leading solar rooftop installer where Musk is also the chairman.
This isn’t the first time that a solar technology has been applied to a vehicle. Toyota, Ford and Fisker have their own vehicles using the same strategy. However, Tesla’s solar roof would be more exceptional. Simply put, if the entire roof comes with energy absorbing components, there will be more usable energy available.
The Tesla Model 3 is expected to be out on sale next year and will come with a starting price of $35,000, while the reservation fee is at $1,000. In fact, there are already quite a number of potential owners at this time. The Model 3 is expected to run from 0-60mph in 6 seconds or less with a top range reaching as far as 346 kilometres or 215 miles.