You may know of Tesla as that electric car company started by Elon Musk but, in reality, the company is involved in more than just alternative energy vehicles. The Energy Division of Tesla also markets stationary lithium-ion battery packs used for storing energy. These battery packs are incorporated into an energy storage system which can increase home solar array utility.
But Tesla is not a solar company, right?
Well, you may recall that the company is in the process of acquiring solar panel company SolarCity. Tesla shareholders approved the acquisition last week; now Tesla retail stores could soon get an update that would more accurately depict a newfound prominence of energy storage.
In addition, the company has also reported they have plans to revamp the majority of its present retail stores in order to better showcase these energy-storage products. According to a spokesperson from Tesla, the company will remodel its stores to more effectively showcase the Powerwall 2 home energy-storage battery pack and then will install new graphics that will better explain energy-storage products.
Furthermore, customers will now also have the opportunity to order Powerwall battery packs at a store—previously you could only order them online.
As a matter of fact, Tesla has already updated several stores in key regions throughout North America, Australia, and Europe. The markets they selected for the updates, primarily, were the ones with the highest demand for energy products. Of course, the updates will continue to roll out to other stores soon.
In case you are not aware, the Tesla Powerwall 2.0 can manage 14 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy storage; capable of providing up to 5 kW of continuous energy. That is approximately twice the capability of the company’s previous Powerwall model. Also, the new Powerwall model features a built-in energy inverter.
The Powerwall 2 will be available for $5,500 (after a $1,000 installation), which is actually pretty competitive on this market right now.
On top of all this, though, fans of Tesla Motors (the car division) will also be pleased to know that the company has not abandoned progress in the auto department. For one, the company plans to roll out an update on its driver-assistance hardware for electric cars. They have also taken some features out of the Autopilot system. The autopilot and performance update is scheduled to launch in about three weeks, with monthly increments.