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Elon Musk Explains Why Tesla Won't Have Solar Roofs Just Yet

By Brian Spaen

Just a few weeks after Panasonic wants to put more solar panels on electric vehicles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shot the idea down for the upcoming Model 3. The option already wasn’t likely on the new vehicle with no updates on the feature since late last year, but Musk finally shed some light on the topic at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting. There simply isn’t a great option for the technology yet.

At the moment, solar rooftops are very limited on electric vehicles. A Japanese version of the Toyota Prius is able to add close to four miles of range when parked outside, but that’s not adding significant travel time. Panasonic is currently pushing the technology, and until recently, there was still some hope that they could be debuting a solar roof option in Tesla’s newest vehicle.

Musk finally put the conversation to bed when Vermont governor Phil Scott asked him about the potential of electric vehicles being able to charge themselves.

“It’s just way better to put it on [a building] roof. I really thought about this and I pushed my team on it...Technically, if you have some sort of transformer-like thing which will pop out of the trunk, like a hardtop convertible [and it] ratchets solar panels all over the whole surface area of the car [and] extending for the [entirety] of the square footage of a parking space -- provided you’re in the sun -- that would be enough to generate about 20 or 30 miles a day of electricity.”