Tesla Motors Looks To Add Solar Power To Its Electric Car Business


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Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors is looking to join forces with a company chaired by tech billionaire — Elon Musk.

Tesla announced it wants to buy solar power company SolarCity, where Musk is also the biggest shareholder. The deal could be worth as much as $2.86 billion.

In a blog post, Tesla said it wants to advance its mission of sustainability by providing clean energy in the home as well as on the road.

Tesla said the merger would allow customers “to deploy and consume energy in the most efficient and sustainable way possible, lowering your costs and minimizing your dependence on fossil fuels and the grid.”

But the possible merger has drawn questions about whether the deal was spurred by SolarCity’s recent struggles. The company lost $283 million in the first quarter of 2016, and its stock price has dipped more than 60 percent in the last 12 months.

Musk is obviously in favor, calling the deal “a no-brainer.” But the decision will ultimately be made by each company’s shareholders. Musk and Antonio Gracias, who’s on the board at both Tesla and SolarCity, will recuse themselves from the vote.

This video includes clips from Tesla Motors and images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music. 

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4 replies
  1. Kelly KitKat
    Kelly KitKat says:

    Musk : It just became increasingly obvious that as we're developing the Powerwall and new versions of the Powerwall, as we integrate more of the inverter electronics and the intelligence of the Powerwall, we really need to take the solar panels and the solar system into account when doing that. Otherwise you duplicate a lot of hardware; it doesn't work together as well; it's more expensive; the installation cost is substantially higher…. My thoughts, with better co-ordination, between buyer (solar city) and seller (tesla) those installation costs can come down, without the two firms needing to merge.

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  2. Kelly KitKat
    Kelly KitKat says:

    Musk : It just became increasingly obvious that as we're developing the Powerwall and new versions of the Powerwall, as we integrate more of the inverter electronics and the intelligence of the Powerwall, we really need to take the solar panels and the solar system into account when doing that. Otherwise you duplicate a lot of hardware; it doesn't work together as well; it's more expensive; the installation cost is substantially higher.

    My thoughts, with better co-ordination, between buyer (solar city) and seller (tesla) those installation costs can come down, without the two firms needing to merge.

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  3. XvAvX
    XvAvX says:

    Put solar panels on all their vehicles roofs. It should at least generate enough energy to power a fan to keep the inside of the car cooler in the summer.

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