Tesla Solar Roof: Panasonic’s involvement in the manufacturing process at Gigafactory 2
Fred Lambert, Electrek.co
March 8, 2017
After the Model 3, Tesla’s ‘solar roof’ is probably the company’s most anticipated product of 2017, which brings some scrutiny to its plans for production – not unlike the Model 3’s production program.
The recent release of information from Tesla and Panasonic led to some confusion over the production of the product at Gigafactory 2, which the company is now clarifying.
Local media reports (since updated) stated yesterday that Panasonic was “taking over” the factory from Tesla/SolarCity based on comments made by a Panasonic spokesperson. The Japanese electric giant also said that it had “no plan” to manufacture Tesla’s solar roof.
The confusion comes from which company will manufacture what at the plant – something we tried to explain a few times before, but Tesla is now breaking it down in its simplest form possible:
“Tesla will oversee factory operations in Buffalo, and will manufacture solar roof tiles there. Panasonic will manufacture solar cells at the factory, with support from the Silevo team, including cells for the solar roof tiles that will be a hybrid of the Panasonic and Silevo architecture. Panasonic will also manufacture solar panels in Buffalo.”