Daimler will launch its own line of household batteries to compete Tesla PowerWall
Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler announced it will launch its own line of batteries for homes and small businesses before the end of 2015. Batteries will initially be available only in Germany, but Daimler plans to gradually expand sales in other European countries and possibly the United States. The decision to enter the market of domestic batteries is a direct response to the recent announcement of Tesla. The company assigns the production of lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid and electric vehicles on its wholly-owned subsidiary called Accumotive, which builds high-capacity batteries for large commercial and industrial applications by 2012. Chemically household batteries Daimler closely associated with lithium-ion batteries found in cars of the company. They work just like those of Tesla: ideally, wall-mounted, they can be charged during off-peak when electricity is cheaper and can be used during peak hours when electricity is more expensive.
Also two or more batteries can be combined, if additional power is needed. Homeowners who want to reduce their electricity will be able to connect with the battery installed solar panels or wind turbines. Tesla received about 40,000 pre-orders immediately after the launch of its line of home and business Powerwall batteries last month. That’s why Daimler expect a similar reaction from buyers in Germany. First, the batteries will be aimed primarily at wealthy families who want to use “green” energy and small and medium enterprises, which need a reliable way to backup power. Full details about the upcoming line of batteries Daimler will be published in the coming weeks, and the first deliveries are tentatively scheduled for later this summer or in early fall.