Tesla Motors decided to take not only the release of electric vehicles. At a conference in Horton, California, CEO Elon Musk (Elon Musk) has introduced a new product – the battery house. According to experts, the development is able to change things in the market, as through the installation of a large number of solar panels, from which, in fact, be powered battery, the owners of homes and businesses will be able to refuse the services of electricity suppliers.
Director General of Tesla Motors plans to invest tens of millions of dollars in production of large solar panels connected to batteries in homes and business facilities. This would eliminate a significant number of enterprises engaged in the production of “dirty” energy, and thus ensure the reduction of the negative impact of the global industry in the atmosphere.
Musk pursues rather ambitious goal – to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy. A new product called Powerwall; plans to sell it in the first place, large companies that seek to do business with minimal damage to the environment. List of partners in the project Tesla Motors Powerwall includes, inter alia, SolarCity, plant for production of solar energy, launched cousins mask Lyndon and Peter Raivo (Lyndon and Peter Rive).
Tesla electric car today costs about 70 thousand dollars, but the system of domestic battery will cost much cheaper. Musk announced a price in the range of $ 3000-3500 (depending on battery capacity). Experts have noted that perhaps the high cost will be the main reason for the slow spread of devices on the market, and buyers do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a product with disabilities use.
Raivo Peter admits he does not believe in interest in Tesla batteries from a wide audience. However, he also has no doubt that the product will be in demand, and that the number of batteries in homes each year will increase. The company expects to sell about $ 2 billion battery packs worldwide – today, by the way, on the road, there are about the same number of cars. Tesla Motors plans to put the summer of 2015 the first cordless kits to the US market, and a year – to bring the product to the international market.
Today, the main purpose of these battery – backup power in case of power from centralized power. In particular, David Cunningham (David Cunningham), aerospace engineer from Foster City, California, install batteries and solar panels as part of a pilot program launched by the California Public Utilities Commission. Photos of the prototype battery that provides power to his home, Cunningham showed April 20. He successfully used the system for six months and notes that from at least the battery is not enough to provide power all the equipment in the house, it is suitable for powering a lighting system, cooling systems, refrigerators and other devices that are critical for safety and comfort.
Tesla Motors is already building a plant in Nevada that could be launched in 2017. In the meantime, the manufacturer investigates the market and trying to determine the number of potential customers, primarily companies that may be interested in such systems.