Tesla Motors is opening a new branch of business, focusing on homes rather than vehicles. The new Tesla Energy will be uniquely designed to provide powerful solar batteries that can solely power homes and businesses after dark.
— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) May 1, 2015
As reported by the Huffington Post, the new Tesla product is a rechargeable lithium ion battery for the home, the Tesla Powerwall, which will go on sale for $3,500. The Powerwall is simply attached to an outer wall of a house, and up to nine can be stacked to provide more power.
A Tesla battery for businesses, the Tesla Powerpack, holds a greater capacity than the Tesla Powerwall and the potential for stacking is unlimited. Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims the Powerpack will be able to power entire communities.
At an event held in a California Tesla facility, Musk spoke about the exciting new Tesla products, boasting that the entire event had actually been run from the Tesla Powerpack.
“This entire night has been powered by batteries. Not only that, the batteries were charged by the solar panels on the roof of this building.”
Musk believes the power source for the future is the sun.
“You don’t have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day and produces ridiculous amounts of power.”
The Tesla Energy Powerwall and Powerpack are set to change our future. These batteries can store energy from the sun as well as existing energy grids. The Tesla batteries will work in remote locations where currently power sources are minimal.
— KCRW (@kcrw) May 1, 2015
True to the vision of the company’s namesake, Nikola Tesla, Tesla Energy now has the technology to provide free energy to the world (outside the original fee to purchase the battery, of course). Elon Musk’s exciting words touch on this premise.
“We’re talking about trying to change the fundamental energy infrastructure of the world. This is actually within the power of humanity to do. It is not impossible.”
Tesla Motors already corners the market on the longest running rechargeable battery powered vehicles. Taking that technology into homes and businesses is truly a life-changing event for those who already live off the grid, as well as those who wish they could. Are the new Tesla batteries the wave of the future?
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