Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed today that Tesla is aiming to unveil its new ‘Solar Roof’ product, in partnership with SolarCity, as well as a next generation Powerwall and new ‘Tesla charger’ on October 28.
These are all products that have been talked about at some point or another, but very little is known about them at this point.
The ‘solar roof’, the integration of solar generation in the roof structure, was confirmed by Musk last month during a conference call discussing SolarCity’s second quarter financial results.
The product has been rumoured to be either something resembling solar shingles, like the picture above, or photovoltaic panels integrated in steel roofing.
Now Musk says that the unveiling of the new energy generating product will be combined with the unveiling of Tesla’s second generation energy storage product – the ‘Powerwall 2.0’.
The CEO also confirmed earlier this year that a new generation of the product was coming to market by the end of the year. Tesla is expected to start production of its new ‘2170’ battery cell at the Gigafactory around the same time and the company said that it will find its way in the energy storage products before the battery packs for Tesla vehicles.
Musk also said that with the merger with SolarCity, which is expected to go to a vote just before the planned event on Oct 28, Tesla will be integrating the inverter with the Powerwall.
It’s not clear how this new ‘Tesla Charger’ plays into it, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if it is also integrated in the same product like Musk’s tweet suggests. Or maybe Tesla’s automated ‘metal snake’ charging station prototype will make a comeback?
Anyway, we aim to be reporting from the event and we will try to dig as much information as possible until then.
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