Tesla’s tiny solar house a perfect showcase for solar-charged EV driving

The Tesla Tiny House parked in Australia. [Tesla Motors Photo]
editor's blog logoTesla took the promotion of solar-charged driving up a notch recently with a package that saw a Tesla Model X tow a solar tiny house with a solar system on its roof capable of charging the Model X. And, for extra good measure, the so-called “Tesla Tiny House” also had a Tesla Powerwall attached to showcase the ways in which consumers can produce their own solar-generated electricity and then store it for later use.

The Tesla Tiny House, which did a several months-long tour recently in Australia, boasts a 2 kW solar PV system with six solar panels on the roof.

Tesla Model X towing a Tesla Tiny House
Another view of the Tesla Model X towing the Tesla Tiny House, which has a 2 kW solar system on the roof. [Tesla Motors Photo]
The interior of the Tesla Tiny House is pretty minimal and wasn’t really configured as a live-able space. Instead, Tesla used it as a promotional and learning center for Tesla solar panels, the Powerwall and the ways in which the two can be paired with Tesla EVs such as the Model X.

The inside of the Tesla Tiny House acts as a “design studio” that allows visitors to design their own home solar power system on a screen — all the lights and electronics are powered by the sun, and everything can be controlled and monitored via a Tesla app.

Tesla described the recent Tesla Tiny House tour across Australia this way: “The tour is designed to provide a one-on-one educational experience on how to integrate Powerwall and solar to seamlessly power an entire home 24/7, allowing Australian consumers to gain control and understanding of their power use.”

According to Tesla, the house itself is made from locally and sustainably sourced lumber, and measures 20 x 7 feet (6 x 2.2 metres). It weighs two tons (4,000 pounds) and can be towed by the Model X, which has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Interior of the Tesla Tiny Housek
The interior of the Tesla Tiny House, which Tesla used to promote the synergy between solar energy and EVs. [Tesla Motors Photo]