Tesla Model 3 Prototype Makes Rare Appearance At Solar Roof Event

Posted: Oct 31 2016, 2:37pm CDT | by , Updated: Nov 1 2016, 11:09pm CDT , in Cars & Vehicles


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Tesla Model 3 Prototype Makes Rare Appearance at Solar Roof Event
Credit: Electrek
  • Tesla‚Äôs solar roofs are made up of glass tiles

At the same event we saw the first glimpse of the upcoming Tesla Model prototype.

When Elon musk invited everyone to see his new type of solar roofs, no one could have expected what would be in store. The event took place in a subtly artificial suburban neighborhood in Hollywood.

The guests arrived and Musk was well into his speech when he suddenly stated the golden phrase. Musk asked everyone to check out the new solar roofs. But the fact was the roofs did not look anything like a normal Spanish clay roof.

But the reality was far from the truth. The roof tiles were actually made up of textured glass but look like ordinary shingles. The roof allows light to pass through on to a standard flat solar cell.

These solar roofs will be made in collaboration with Panasonic, who will make the solar cells but Tesla will put together the glass tiles. The solar roof came into being after Tesla acquired SolarCity, the biggest US rooftop installer, just last year for a staggering amount of $2.2 billion.

According to Tesla the glass is as tough as steel and is capable of weathering a lifetime of elements. The glass tiles can also come with a heating system which will melt ice in winters for northern areas.

According to Electrek, Musk stated the tiles can never wear out as they are made up of quartz and have a quasi-infinite lifetime.

Another highlight of the night was a rare look at a functional Tesla Model 3 prototype, although the sightings show not much has been changed in case of style for the Model 3.

Just last week Tesla announced the production line layout of the Model 3 has been completed and is in the testing for subsystems.

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