Tesla's Tiny House Is So Cool Even Elon Musk 'Wants One Too!'
The Tesla Tiny House is currently being towed on the back of a Model X around Australia to exhibit the company's products and to teach the public how to generate, store and use renewable energy for their own home, according to Electrek.
"We want to bring the Tesla Tiny House to you, so you can fully experience what it means to be self-powered," the company said.
Musk touted about the company's latest showcase on Twitter:
The Tesla boss then commented, "I want one too!" after a fan tweeted, "Sign me up for a tesla tiny house"
The 100 percent renewable energy-powered abode measures approximately 20 x 7 x 13 feet in size with an exterior clad in locally sourced, chemical-free sustainable wood.
The company provided some more details about the interior of the small space to Electrek:
"Powered by 100% renewable energy via a 2 kW solar system and Powerwall, Tiny House contains a mobile design studio and configurator which can calculate how your home can generate clean energy from the sun using solar panels, storing it in Powerwall to use throughout the day and night, which can all be monitored and controlled by the Tesla app."
Here are some other specifics of the Tesla Tiny House:
- Weight – 2 tonnes
- Dimensions – 6m x 2.2m x 4m
- Solar generation – 2kW PV system of 6 panels
- Solar storage – 1 x Tesla Powerwall
- Exterior – Clad in locally sourced, chemical-free, sustainable timber
Tesla collaborated with Australian sustainable architecture firm Archiblox on the rolling, prefabricated house. The firm posted an Instagram video of the display in Melbourne:
The Tesla Tiny House is currently touring around major Australian cities, but you can also request a tour for your own town via this link.
"Our next stop could be in your town, tell us where you'd like to see us," Tesla said.
'Kicking Ass for Her Generation': Applause for 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg as EU Chief Pledges $1 Trillion to Curb Climate Threat
By Julia Conley
Sixteen-year-old climate action leader Greta Thunberg stood alongside European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Thursday in Brussels as he indicated—after weeks of climate strikes around the world inspired by the Swedish teenager—that the European Union has heard the demands of young people and pledged more than $1 trillion over the next seven years to address the crisis of a rapidly heating planet.
In the financial period beginning in 2021, Juncker said, the EU will devote a quarter of its budget to solving the crisis.
‘Plastic Is Lethal’: Groundbreaking Report Reveals Health Risks at Every Stage in Plastics Life Cycle
With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the world's oceans every year, there is growing concern about the proliferation of plastics in the environment. Despite this, surprisingly little is known about the full impact of plastic pollution on human health.
But a first-of-its-kind study released Tuesday sets out to change that. The study, Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, is especially groundbreaking because it looks at the health impacts of every stage in the life cycle of plastics, from the extraction of the fossil fuels that make them to their permanence in the environment. While previous studies have focused on particular products, manufacturing processes or moments in the creation and use of plastics, this study shows that plastics pose serious health risks at every stage in their production, use and disposal.
Air pollution within the home causes 3.8 million deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization. A recent University of Colorado in Boulder study reported by The Guardian found that cooking a full Thanksgiving meal could raise levels of particulate matter 2.5 in the house higher than the levels averaged in New Delhi, the world's sixth most polluted city.
But soon, you will be able to shop for a solution in the same place you buy your budget roasting pans. IKEA is working on a specially-designed, air-purifying curtain called the GUNRID.
A rare species of giant tortoise, feared extinct for more than 100 years, was sighted on the Galápagos island of Fernandina Sunday, the Ecuadorian government announced.