Elon Musk unveils solar roof tiles

Los Angeles: Tesla Motors Chief Elon Musk unveiled roof tiles with built-in solar panels to his clean energy vision. The products include solar-powered roof tiles that eliminate the need for traditional panels and longer-lasting batteries aimed at helping to realize Musk’s vision of selling a fossil fuel free lifestyle to consumers.

The tiles, made from glass, are intended to be a more attractive way to add solar panels to homes, compared with currently-used solar technology. 

The launch took place in Universal Studios, Los Angeles, on what used to be the set for the television show Desperate Housewives.

The launch comes at a time Tesla is planning to take over struggling energy firm SolarCity. A vote on the acquisition is scheduled for November 17.

No price was given for the tiles, which come in a variety of colours and styles, though Musk did say it would be cheaper than fitting a traditional roof and then adding solar panels on top.

Musk is the biggest shareholder in both Tesla and SolarCity, which is run by two of his first cousins. Analysts have been dubious of the deal’s proposed synergies, with some suggesting the merger is a way for Tesla to rescue money-losing SolarCity.

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