When you put up Tesla against some of the most iconic car manufacturers on the planet, the Elon Musk outfit seems like the new kid on the block. Nevertheless, the company has worked hard for the advancement of electric vehicles and it has even got traditional manufacturers to follow suit. Tesla recently revealed its ambitious plans of offering home batteries and while it seems in a good position to do something like that, it’s not like it’ll get a clear playing field, because Mercedes-Benz wants to give it a run for its money.
German conglomerate Daimler is planning to sell Mercedes-Benz branded home battery packs later this year, the battery packs will be sold through its subsidiary Accumotive and the company has started taking registrations for the product.
The Mercedes-Benz branded battery packs are quite similar to Tesla’s as they have cells which were initially designed with electric cars in mind. They’re capable of storing solar energy overnight thus allowing homes to draw from it in off-peak hours.
According to the company up to eight such battery packs can be combined with a capacity of 2.5 kWh each to achieve a total backup capacity of 20 kWh. This makes the battery packs ideal for home and business use though even higher capacity options may be put together for customers wishing to deploy this at a very large scale.
Daimler has not yet said what it’ll sell these battery packs for, but seeing as how Tesla’s offering starts at $3,500, it’s not likely to be drastically cheaper than this.