Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla Energy Products to ‘Accelerate’ Transition to Sustainable Energy

The Tesla brand has quickly become a symbol of advancement in the ever-growing market of electric cars. The owner of Tesla, Elon Musk, has made strides not only in automotive technology but space travel as well and sustainable energy. For example, the time his company, SpaceX, launched an original Tesla roadster into orbit with one of their spacecraft. So perhaps it makes sense that the next step for the company is to take our idea of sustainability up a notch.

Solarglass roof

You may have seen solar panels on roofs and in fields, but they aren’t the most attractive thing to look at. The Tesla Solarglass roof, on the other hand, is as sleek and modern as their vehicles and is designed to make solar energy panels more appealing to consumers. As the name suggests, the Solarglass roof is a complete roof system that is composed of durable glass tiles that are as practical as they are attractive. They offer a renewable source of energy for many homeowners and small businesses. The roof itself isn’t entirely solar panels but rather a continuous and seamless roof with photovoltaic cells hidden seamlessly within the pattern.

A Tesla Model X is on display in the new Tesla Service Center.
The Tesla Model X | Christian Charisius/picture alliance via Getty Images

Tesla Powerwall

The Tesla Powerwall was first introduced in 2016 with its second generation, with an earlier, less refined version originally launched in 2015. The Powerwall is a storage unit for solar energy that allows homeowners and Tesla owners to use this energy to power their home and vehicle even when the sun isn’t shining. It also offers backup power in case of a power outage, which can double as a safer, more sustainable source of energy than a gasoline-powered generator in case of emergencies.

A Tesla car plugged into a charging station
A Tesla charging at a station | Chen Hao/VCG via Getty Images

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Powerpack

The Tesla Powerpack is a system that is designed to be easy for any business or utility company to install. It is one unit that is capable of mingling batteries, electronics, and thermal management in a sustainable manner that is also incredibly convenient to use. It isn’t exactly new technology, as the first shipment of the Powerpacks went out in September of 2016, according to Tesla.

There are a lot of benefits businesses can receive by switching to the Powerpack, like using it as a source of energy for critical systems during a power outage, and even saving money on electricity.

A Tesla is plugged in to an electric vehicle charger in Stavanger, Norway
A plug-in electric vehicle charging point in Stavanger, Norway | Carina Johansen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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It is likely that Tesla will continue to develop more sustainable energy behind the scenes, but until then, they are making true strides in having a more sustainable future. Other brands, like Audi, Nissan, and BMW, have also been working to become more sustainable, making it a truly industry-wide movement for the future.