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Published on November 4th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla Model S Gets Glass Roof, Probably Solar Glass Roof Too (#ElonTweets)

November 4th, 2016 by  

Elon Musk just took to Twitter for a serious tweetstorm. The hottest topic was a fully glass roof, and a probable solar glass roof.

The glass roof is now an option on the Tesla website, and it is actually cheaper than the sunroof ($1500 vs $2000 in the US, or $24/month versus $32/month according to the website’s lease estimator).


A Solar Glass Roof?

Given that Tesla and SolarCity just announced glass solar tiles, it didn’t take long for someone to bring up the possibility of a solar glass roof. Elon’s quick response: it’ll probably be an option.

The next obvious question: isn’t that crazy expensive? Elon spends all of 2 characters on the response.

I know it wouldn’t take long for CleanTechnica readers to get to this final tweet on the topic, which is all about the cost per kWh of generated electricity. In other words, does it really make any financial sense? Unable to give a boring answer here, Elon hints at a “deployable solar shield.” Does he have to make everything sound so cool? I feel like I’m 5 years old now and have just activated my forcefield.

Safety with a Glass Roof?

Naturally, the other hot topic when it comes to a fully glass roof is safety. This can’t be safe, right? But wait a second, safety is priority #1 for Tesla — what gives?

It turns out, Tesla did make sure this glass is super safe and can even survive a rollover accident without shattering.

Furthermore, Tesla improved the safety on the already super safe body of the car.

Here are three tweets on safety:

Well, that’s something.

Tesla apparently has a tough time slowing its innovation addiction. Can’t just leave “best on the market” alone. Surely, though, this work plays into the Model 3 (and maybe Model Y). I’m guessing it’s an easy “bonus option” that stemmed from R&D work to create a compelling $35,000 electric car with ample space in the back as well as front seats.

Update: Here’s one more tweet from Elon in response to a comment about on-street solar charging:

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.

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