Elon Musk just unveiled the anticipated sequel to the master plan he first released a decade ago, and it includes solar power generation and storage.
Musk, known for his leadership roles at both Tesla Motors and SolarCity, wrote his first master plan in 2006. At the time, his day job was running space transportation company SpaceX, and he had already begun his tenure at Tesla. His focus, then, was the hybrid car and solar panels.
To be honest, his vision hasn’t changed all that much in part two of his master plan. The sequel focuses on four main goals.
Master Plan, Part Deux (as he calls it in his blog)
- Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage.
- Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments.
- Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning.
- Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it.
The first part of the four-part plan seems to be Elon Musk’s way of explaining why Tesla’s offer to SolarCity makes sense. As you know, many have been critical of the move.
It’s also a way to push the renowned home battery we’ve heard so much about over the past year.
Musk writes in his blog post …
“Create a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works, empowering the individual as their own utility, and then scale that throughout the world. One ordering experience, one installation, one service contact, one phone app.
We can’t do this well if Tesla and SolarCity are different companies, which is why we need to combine and break down the barriers inherent to being separate companies … Now that Tesla is ready to scale Powerwall and SolarCity is ready to provide highly differentiated solar, the time has come to bring them together.”
The second part of Musk’s plan is to create electric trucks and buses, which he says is already in the works. The third part, is a fully autonomous fleet of vehicles. “As the technology matures, all Tesla vehicles will have the hardware necessary to be fully self-driving with fail-operational capability, meaning that any given system in the car could break and your car will still drive itself safely,” Musk says.
The final part of Musk’s master plan, while not directly connected to the smart home, is worth noting. It’s the idea that car ownership will drastically change. As Musk puts it, you will be able to add your car to a network of autonomous vehicles, so while you’re at work or on vacation, your Tesla will be out performing rides.
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