Tesla's Musk adds solar roofs to his clean energy vision

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Oct 28 (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Friday unveiled new energy products aimed at illustrating the benefits of combining his electric car and battery maker with solar installer SolarCity Corp.

The billionaire entrepreneur showed of solar-powered roof tiles that eliminate the need for traditional panels and a longer-lasting home battery, which Tesla calls the Powerwall, aimed at realizing his vision of selling a fossil fuel free lifestyle to consumers.

"This is sort of the integrated future. An electric car, a Powerwall and a solar roof. The key is it needs to be beautiful, affordable and seamlessly integrated," Musk said while showcasing the products on homes that once served as the set of the television show "Desperate Housewives."

Musk is the biggest shareholder in both Tesla and SolarCity, which is run by two of his first cousins. Analysts have been dubious of the deal's proposed synergies, with some suggesting the merger is a way for Tesla to rescue money-losing SolarCity. A vote on the acquisition is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Related: Scroll through to see photos of the World's Solar Challenge:

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KATHERINE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: The team from Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands prepare their car to continue racing in the Challenger Class at the first control point outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DUNMARRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Team members from the Tokai Challenger of Tokai University Japan prpeare their car to catch the last of the sun on the side of the highway after racing during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DUNMARRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team Belgium races between Katherine and Dunmarra in the Challenger Class during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
KATHERINE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Arctan of Stanford Solar Car Project USA racing in the Challenger Class pulls into the first control point outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Team members check the car Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands racing in the Challenger Class stops at the first control point outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Aurum of University of Michigan Solar Car Team USA crosses the Katherine river as it races in the Challenger Class during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 15: Bridgestone ambassador, Shane Jacobson poses in front of the #75 UNSW Solar Racing Team - Sunswift during the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge at Darwin International Airport on October 15, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for The World Solar Challenge)
COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Members from Red One of Solar Team Twente Netherlands catch the last of the sun to charge at the end of racing in the Challenger Class during day three of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 20, 2015 outside of Coober Pedy, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DUNMARRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) A team member sprays the solar panels on Aurum of University of Michigan Solar Car Team USA in the Dunmarra control stop after racing in the Challenger Class during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Flies are seen at pre-dawn around the covered head of a member of the Arctan of Stanford Solar Car Project team USA before racing in the Challenger Class between Dunmarra and Elliott during day two of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 19, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: (EDITORS NOTE: A [graduated] color filter was used for this image.) Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands crosses the border from Northern Territory into South Australia as it races in the Challenger Class during day the of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 20, 2015 outside of Kulgerra, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: (EDITORS NOTE: A [graduated] color filter was used for this image.) Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team Belgium crosses the Charles River as it races in the Challenger Class as is nears Alice Springs during day the of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 20, 2015 outside of Alice Springs, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
COOBER PEDY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Members from Tokai Challenger of Tokai University Japan catch the last of the sun to charge at the end of racing in the Challenger Class during day three of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 20, 2015 outside of Coober Pedy, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
TENNANT CREEK, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team Belgium is seen as it races in the Challenger Class into Elliott during day two of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 19, 2015 in Elliott, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. on October 19, 2015 in Dunmarra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
KATHERINE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: A team member from Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands takes a reading as they prepare their car to continue racing in the Challenger Class at the first control point outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. Teams from across the globe are competing in the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3000 km solar-powered vehicle race between Darwin and Adelaide. The race begins on October 18th with the first car expected to cross the finish line on October 22nd. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team Belgium races in the Challenger Class is seen during the first control point stop outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Team members lift and turn the car Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team Netherlands racing in the Challenger Class during the first control point stop outside of Katherine during day one of the 2015 World Solar Challenge on October 18, 2015 in Katherine, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for The World Solar Challange)
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The rollout of the product, expected as soon as next summer, would be "unwieldy" if the two companies are not combined, Musk told reporters.Having two separate companies "slows things down, makes them more expensive. It's worse for shareholders," he said.

Musk refused to answer a reporter's question about how Tesla's balance sheet would accommodate the acquisition of SolarCity.By incorporating solar modules into rooftops, Tesla is hoping to succeed with a solar technology that to date has had little success. Just this year, Dow Chemical said it would stop selling a solar shingle it launched five years ago.

Tesla's glass solar roof tiles would look far better than any similar product, Musk said. They can be manufactured in a range of styles, which were demonstrated on the rooftops on the set.

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Tesla gave little detail on cost, except to say that the cost of the roof would be less than a conventional roof plus solar. The product will appeal to home builders and people looking to replace their roofs, Musk said, adding that the shingles would be more durable and have better insulation qualities than conventional roofs.

SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive, Musk's cousin, said the solar roofs could easily have a five percent share of the new roof market within a year or two.The new generation of home and industrial batteries will be available this year.

(Additional reporting by Deena Beasley; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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