Your Solar Roof Might Cost Much, Much More Than Tesla Says

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Cool roof, bro. I say that every time I see Teslas Solar roof, which enjoys a prominent place next to the car manufacturer’s electric vehicles website. It’s a really cool roof, intended to be perfectly combined with the Tesla EV in your driveway. B.from more and more homeowners run into installation costs much higher than those quoted by Tesla, the Verge reports.

We discussed this briefly The morning shift, but the problem has since received more attention, and I think it sheds light on the most important part of this latest ripple in Tesla fabric. Namely, Tesla knows that it has seriously underestimated the cost of its Solar Roof installations, and it is passing that cost on to homeowners who at one point had access toed because of the slick marketing.

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Musk admitted that the company did not accurately account for the cost of installing its sunroofs this week, such as the Verge goes on to explain:

It later turned out that the company had underestimated the complexity of some roofs. Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted this in an earnings call on April 26, saying the company had made “significant errors” in calculating installation costs. Tesla tried to ease the blow by offering some disadvantaged customers free Powerwall home batteries if they renewed their orders.

Those “ significant errors ” that Musk admitted amounted to five digits in some cases, like that of a Texas homeowner. the Verge spoke to who was initially quoted $ 69,000 for a Tesla Solar Roof, but saw the price increase by $ 35,000 to a total of $ 104,000. He canceled the roof.

And while many homeowners expected a price increase to go in, add a mandatory joke about flakey contractors here – not too many people expected the final cost to be full third or even half on top of from their original quote.

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To mitigate price hikes, Tesla offered ‘free’ Powerwalls for some people. These are optional batteries that can be stored energy collected during the day, increasing the efficiency of houses with solar roofs and the provision of backup power during outages. I have put the word free in quotation marks here, because the cost of the Powerwalls can just as easily be factored into the highly adjusted prices that the homeowners see.

Powerwalls, solar roofs, solar panels. These are all incredibly cool ways in which Tesla lives up to the promise of its environmental ambitions in addition to successfull EVs. Still, these are not welcome price increases are alienating some Tesla drivers and confirming to others that Tesla, on average, does not bring electric cars and renewables to the masses but especially for ‘those who do not count their money’.

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