Mercedes launches Tesla home battery competitor

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its lithium-ion energy storage system, which looks set to take on the Tesla Powerwall.

The system is essentially a large battery which will store energy generated by a user’s solar installation, which can then be used during power outages or when the traditional electricity grid is not suitable.

Each battery pack will hold 2.5kWh of electricity, and eight units can be combined to hold 20kWh. The units are 46.3 x 42.5 x 29.5 cm in size, and weigh 28kg.

Interested parties have been invited to register on Mercedes-Benz’s German site, with deliveries scheduled to begin in September 2015. South Africa was not on the list of countries available on the registration site.

“Developed for demanding service on board cars, the Mercedes-Benz energy storage units meet the very highest safety and quality standards,” said Mercedes.

The battery system is schedule to be shown off at the Intersolar trade-fair in Munich from 10 to 12 June.

Daimler International was asked about the battery system’s availability and price in South Africa, but the company had not replied by the time of publication.

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