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Tesla’s Solar energy history; New moonshot released

By Daniela Lozano | May 17, 2017 11:07 AM EDT
Tesla Update v7.0 Enables Self-driving Test In China
(Photo : VCG/VCG via Getty Images) Elon Musk, Chairman, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors, addresses a press conference to declare that the Tesla Motors releases v7.0 System in China on a limited basis for its Model S, which will enable self-driving features such as Autosteer for a select group of beta testers on October 23, 2015 in Beijing, China.

As per Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, their grand vision is just not car manufacturing. They are finding other ways for people to consume and use solar energy.

In the 'Secret Tesla Motors Plan (just between you and me),' a blog post written in 2006, Musk wrote "...the overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason he is funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy, which he believes to be the primary, and not exclusive, but sustainable solution."

The history started in 2005 when Tesla built a way to store solar energy called Powerwall. And then catching solar rays through their 2 products traditional solar panels and the Solar Roof, which looks like standard roof shingles. Next is to make an easy way for people to consume by just plugging and play it with the help of the Powerwall. On the consumer level, it monitors solar energy usage real-time and automatically adjusts its settings according to their usage needs and daily routine, making it convenient for consumers to use the product. Lastly is real-time savings before you can receive your next electric bill.

Tesla, a major American automaker, energy storage company and solar panel manufacturer based in Palo Alto, California, the current push for electric cars has captivated consumers, investors and industry observers. Making it the most the valuable car company in the United States. And now they do have a new product in the line, the Moonshot, an idea that came out from broadening ways of making people use solar energy not only in the streets but also in their homes. It is a roof made of solar panel but is it affordable or just a luxury item?

A lot of debacle going on now if the solar roof Moonshot is really cost efficient. When the company started taking $1,000 deposit for the solar roof, they receive a lot of praises. But some also questions its longevity. The title may have infinity warranty but the electrical wires inside it are only warranted for 12 years and each year it becomes obsolete by 1%.

A head to head comparison also went out recently between Tesla and Deal. The total financial benefits over the 30-year useful life of the Tesla roof-integrated solar energy system is $1,700 while Deal, on the other hand, is $33,600 as per Geostellar estimation tool. Needless to say, Elon Musk is still very confident with their product and promises to make the product better when it comes to durability and savings. Competitors may come along the way, but what's important is the common goal of fighting climate change by using solar energy.

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