The Tesla Powerwall home battery will be available worldwide – including in South Africa – by the end of 2016, a spokesperson for the company told MyBroadband.
This follows the recent unveiling of the new battery system from Tesla CEO and South African-born technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, who also revealed at the time that customers in North America and Europe could already pre-order the product.
Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels and powers your home when the sun goes down.
Tesla’s new product is available as a 7kWh unit for $3,000, and a 10kWh unit for $3,500 – excluding inverters and installation – and will deliver to pre-order customers by “late summer” (July – September 2015).
Tesla explained its approach to the roll-out of the new product to countries like South Africa.
“Right now, the Powerwall is available through solar installers, utilities, and energy companies, who can offer Powerwall with installation, which allows for rapid deployment around the world.”
“We work closely with partners to make sure they are qualified and able to install and service the technology.”