Tesla CEO teases a battery to power your home, will enter production in six months

By Shawn Knight
Feb 12, 2015
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  1. Tesla is working on a brand new battery product that's designed to supply power not to an automobile, but your home. The home battery is based on the company's lithium-ion battery technology and could go on sale by the end...

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,428   +472

    For a week? Nice! Although a japanese home consists of maybe 10m2 =P

    Still, I got a big question after reading the article, tesla offers free "refills"? how do they manage to do that??
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,602   +411

    ...the Supercharger network is a key part of Tesla’s business model. With each new Model S purchase, customers are given free recharges for life – it’s factored into the overall cost of the car.
  4. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 417   +43

    Some technical details, please! max power output, capacity in kWh, U out, mono or tri-phase output?
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,378

    Mr. Musk, please get yourself into batteries for mobiles!

    P.S. I can wait for the next 6 month, bit that is it!
  6. Nilbud

    Nilbud TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +10

    "Assuming customers could somehow take their batteries to these stations and recharge them alongside their cars "

    That's completely ridiculous.
  7. Nilbud

    Nilbud TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +10

    Their charging stations are few and far between and most Tesla owners charge up at home or work so the actual amount of power provided is very low. It's a great marketing tool though and it does allow you to travel long distances if you can stop every couple of hundred miles and wait around for a few hours.

    Bjørn Nyland has probably spent the most time in a Tesla on the planet. His vids on youtube tell all.
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  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 939   +244

    What about up-front costs? How long will it take to recoup that cost? No mention of this, here. Typical of marketing departments these days.

    You can greatly reduce or eliminate the cost of electricity using a well-designed solar / wind power combination with backup batteries for when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining, but it may take years to recoup those costs through the "savings" that you have by not having an electric bill. Same thing with Musk's new battery.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,526   +683

    Yep, you've hit the nail on the head! And while the Government allows China to continue to "dump" their products in the US, solar panel producers are feeling the pinch so the latest and greatest technology is slowing down. Combine this product with a high efficiency panel and, depending on where you live, you could easily get off the grid. Of course, it will be interesting to see how long before all the power producers like Duke Energy and TVA start either buying it all up or trying to enact laws against the products like TVA has done against homeowners being to sell back their excess power.
  10. Mudvayne819

    Mudvayne819 TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Solar panels... they have a company called tesla solar or something... so they have very cheap solar panel that power the charge stations
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    I still think think these articles should be titled along the lines of, "Elon Musk is so abominably full of sh!t, the whites of his eyes are turning brown".

    Considering I live in a city with a population of 1.5 million, give or take, I would have to take the battery out of my house, then drive a minimum of 30+ miles to get it charged.

    When did Musk develop the unrepentant delusion that Lithium-Ion batteries were invented by him?
  12. Recouping costs over time > Paying into a "black hole"
  13. Already running my home on batteries powered by solar and wind. Zero electric bill is nice.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Yeah, but what was that Initial Bill(aka: Setup Fees)?
  15. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    This would be especially handy in South Africa where the terrific government has imposed 2 hour rolling blackouts. Basically a 2 hour blackout at your home/business ever day for 2 hours.
    This would be enormously handy for safeguarding all your electrical equipment from frying due to power drops and surges.

    The other beauty about living in South Africa, Tesla won't bring it's innovation this side :(
  16. Im trying to figure out what problem this solves?

    It wont save you money. You would need to purchase this extremely expensive car and then drive down to a recharge station. And even if you have no power at the house, its usually due to a natural disaster that would likely knock out the supply lines to the Tesla charge stations as well. So a generator is a better option due to gasoline being more available. And lets not even mention the cost to implement some sort of adapter to supply power to your homes grid.

    It wont "save the planet" because the the production of all these Li-ion batteries is far from "Green". And if the power to the stations is not 100% solar then you are still using fossil fuels to supply them.

    And besides that, even if you have a marginal decrease in the amount of power you use each month. The power companies implement a "base usage fee" which is basically a limit on how low your monthly bill can be if you use any power at all supplied on their lines.

    I see this as just a waste of time and effort from a company trying to stay in the game until a real hydrogen network will arrive. A fuel that can use water as its base, geothermal/solar as its production, and zero carbon emissions can not be beat.
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  17. davimill

    davimill TS Rookie

    "most time in a Tesla on the planet" Are there any Teslas not on the planet?
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Somewhat knowing Elon Musk, I wouldn't be surprised if he hasn't already sent one toward Mars.
  19. @cliffordcooley
    I'm not sure what the initial setup costs were as it was already there when I bought the house. Only thing I have to pay, other than a mortgage, is sewer service. Everything else is "free".
  20. Santosh Vijayan

    Santosh Vijayan TS Rookie

    Pawn is sacrificed to get the king...
  21. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 97   +18

    Nice, but now just how much was that house?

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