Tesla Launches Sales of ‘Invisible’ Solar Roof
American technology company Tesla has launched sales of its new solar roof.
The roof is made of glass tiles that can collect energy from the sun. The tiles were designed to make the roof look similar to those on traditional homes.
Some of the tiles have solar cells inside that take energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. All the tiles look the same and the solar cells are invisible from the street.
Tesla founder Elon Musk says his goal was to create a solar roof that looks better, costs less and lasts longer than non-solar roofs.
The tiles are three times stronger than non-solar tiles, and weigh half as much, according to Tesla. The company is guaranteeing the tiles for the whole lifetime of a home.
The company estimates the cost of installing a solar roof on a 240-square-meter home would be about $69,000. Some industry experts have noted this estimate is much higher than for a roof made from traditional materials.
But Tesla says a solar roof will actually cost less over time because it can reduce or get rid of electricity payments. The government also reduces taxes for some people using solar technology.
Tesla sells batteries to store the solar energy that powers homes. The battery is called a Powerwall, which is included in the price of the roof installation. The Powerwall stores energy that can be used at any time of day or night, the company says.
Tesla also makes electric automobiles that can be charged with solar power. Elon Musk says both products can be used to help conserve the planet's energy supply.
"When you think of a sustainable energy future, you want roofs to be beautiful and generate energy from the sun," he said. "That energy can then charge Powerwalls and electric vehicles - that's the future we want."
People interested in buying a solar roof can go online and estimate the cost by entering information about their home. A $1,000 deposit is required to place an order. Two designs are currently available and more will be added in the future.
Roof installations are set to begin in the United States next month and will start in other countries next year.
Musk said he is not sure how many people will order the solar roof tiles and admitted there could be some difficulties along the way. But he added that Tesla is committed to the project, which he described as "the only sensible vision for the future."
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太阳能屋顶由能够吸收太阳能的玻璃瓦片制成 。这种瓦片的外形与传统的房屋瓦片类似 。
部分玻璃瓦片内装有太阳能电池，能够吸收太阳能并转换为电力 。所有玻璃瓦的外形统一，远观是看不到太阳能电池的 。
特斯拉的创始人埃隆·马斯克（Elon Musk）称，他的目标是打造一款外形美观、价格低廉，比非太阳能屋顶更耐用的太阳能屋顶 。
特斯拉方面称，太阳能瓦片的硬度是非太阳能瓦片的三倍，重量却只有非太阳能瓦片的一半 。该公司正在努力让玻璃瓦片的寿命与房屋的寿命持衡 。
据特斯拉公司估算，为240平方米的房屋安装太阳能屋顶的费用是6.9万美元 。一些产业专家已经指出，这远远高于安装传统屋顶材料的价格 。
不过特斯拉方面表示，随着时间推移，太阳能屋顶可以节省能源开支，其费用也会逐渐减少 。政府也将降低使用太阳能技术的公民税收 。
特斯拉还出售可为房屋供电的太阳能存储电池 。该电池名为“能量墙”（Powerwall），电池的费用包含在屋顶的安装费用内 。特斯拉表示，“能量墙”储存的太阳能可在昼夜任何时候使用 。
特斯拉还研发了利用太阳能充电的电动汽车 。马斯克表示，这两种产品有助于节约地球能源 。
他说，“说到可持续能源的未来，大家会想要既漂亮还能吸收太阳能的屋顶” 。“这种能量还能为“能量墙”和电动汽车充电——这就是我们想要的未来 。”
对太阳能屋顶感兴趣的人可根据房屋面积上网查询需要花费的成本 。下订单前你还需要缴纳1000美元的定金 。目前只有两种设计可供选择，日后将会增加设计款式 。
马斯克称，不知道会有多少人预定这种太阳能屋顶，他坦承，这条路必经坎坷 。不过，他也表示，特斯拉全身心投入这个项目，他称其为“未来唯一的明智的愿景 。”