Tesla was the dominant news force in 2016. The other big themes were battery storage, the price falls in wind and solar, the big shift from centralised energy, and politics, politics, politics.
Tesla’s Destination Charging network has reached its 200th site, with the latest located in South Australia’s McLaren Vale, a region internationally renowned for its wine.
For many households, the Powerwall 2 warranty is likely to last for under 9 years, rather than the full 10 years I was expecting.
Today’s graph shows both versions of the Powerwall 2 are well ahead of the closest competition on price, beating its closest rivals by one third.
Tesla’s 14kWh Powerwall 2 batteries open for order in Australia, with installations set to begin in Feb 2017 – just as 100s of thousands of solar households lose their premium FiT.
Move over Elon Musk. Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas has entered the wide-open US EV+storage market.
New pricing for Tesla Powerwall suggests solar and battery storage now competitive with grid power. For about $16,000, consumers can slash their grid bill to almost nothing and not worry about blackouts. The strategic and commercial implications are marvellous or frightening, depending on your vested interest.
At double the capacity and almost half the cost/kWh, Tesla’s Powerwall 2 illustrates the break-neck speed at which battery storage is evolving.
Tesla throws down gauntlet to incumbent utilities by bringing down battery storage costs by nearly half, and taking built-in solar PV to the mainstream. Elon Musk talks of solar, storage and EVs being “beautiful, affordable, integrated” – three things that current utilities are not.
Tesla to unveil integrated solar roofing line, alongside Powerwall and Powerpack 2.0, the next step in Musk’s dream of 100% renewables. Here’s what we know about these new products …