Tesla's namesake at work in 1901
Last night, Tesla's CEO and in-house genius Elon Musk revealed some amazing plans:
"We are going to unveil the Tesla home battery, the consumer battery that would be for use in people's houses or businesses fairly soon," CEO Elon Musk said, according to Bloomberg.
On Tesla's earnings call, CTO JB Straubel said the company would most likely hold an event in the next "month or two" to reveal the battery, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript. The battery would enter production in "about six months or so."
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There are scant other details about this battery. The Verge has some examples though:
What would a Tesla home battery look like? The Toyota Mirai, which uses a hydrogen fuel cell, gives owners the option to remove the battery and use it to supply electrical power to their homes. That battery can reportedly power the average home for a week when fully charged. Employees at many big Silicon Valley tech companies already enjoy free charging stations at their office parking lot. Now imagine if they could use that juice to eliminate their home electric bill. A more practical application for your car would be a backup generator during emergencies, which is how Nissan pitches the battery in its Leaf.