American automaker Tesla is known for developing the first electric sports car, Tesla Roadster. Over the years, the company has introduced several products like the Model S luxury sedan, the crossover SUV Model X, Superchargers, and Tesla batteries, among many others. Named after physicist and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, the company is considered one of the most aggressive, particularly regarding product development. This year and in 2017, the company has released and will release several new products. Here are three of them.
1. Tesla Model 3 Roadster
Unveiled in March 2016, the Tesla Model 3 will be manufactured starting summer 2017. The new Roadster, although said to be more affordable than its predecessors, is said to feature a new autonomous driving system. This will be the replacement for the Autopilot program for all automobiles that will be produced now. The program, which features self-driving capabilities, may not be ready for activation when Tesla’s Model 3 will be released. In terms of aesthetics, the new Tesla car will feature a flat, grill-less front. It looks smaller than the previous model, but it will have a second storage. Car owners also have the option to have an all-glass panoramic roof. There are no specific details yet regarding the Model 3’s interiors, but Tesla big man Elon Musk did say that the cabin will be “clutter-free.” It is also said to be more practical than the previous model. This early, over 300,000 car owners are already in Tesla’s waiting list. Each of them made a $1000 deposit to secure their reservations.
2. Powerwall 2
Powerwall is described as a “rechargeable lithium ion battery with liquid thermal control.” The first generation of Powerwall was launched in 2015, while the 2nd generation small scale battery was introduced to the public last October 2016. These battery packs, although initially developed for the company’s electric cars, it can also be used for the home. More specifically, it is used for Tesla’s solar panel system, which is used to produce good electricity for homes. When the time comes that a solar panel does not provide the amount of electricity you need, the Powerwall’s stored electricity can be utilized instead. Tesla’s Powerwall has a 10-year warranty, and this is unlimited. This tells you a lot about its quality and durability. The Powerwall 2 is expected to cost around $5500, but the package includes a built-in inverter already. Additionally, the storage capacity of the 2nd generation Tesla battery is twice the capacity of the first one.
3. Tesla/SolarCity Solar Panel Roof
The solar roof panel was introduced last October 28, 2016. This is Tesla’s newest venture in partnership with SolarCity. The roof will come in four different shingle types, which can help answer homeowners’ aesthetic needs. Its tiles are said to help convert sunlight into electricity using a new solar film developed by 3M. What makes things more interesting is that the tiles/roof has a different color when they are viewed from the street. This is probably what Musk described as the solar roof panel’s “hydrographic coloring.” Since hydrographic coloring is quite inexpensive, Tesla and SolarCity’s solar roof panels are expected to be less expensive than other brands.