Run your home on batteries? Tesla CEO Elon Musk says so!
Elon Musk the CEO of Tesla, famous for some rather nice looking if scarcely sold electric cars has revealed that they are currently working on a battery pack designed for home usage. The design phase for this is said to be completed and production rumoured to begin in the next six months.
If this were to make it into homes it would offer an alternative to power grids, or perhaps act as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for the home which could certainly prove useful in areas with frequent power outages.
An existing battery they have created in use in the Toyota Mirai can currently power an average home for around a week, and this battery is based on hydrogen fuel cell technology.
As it’s designed for home usage Musk said it should have a “beautiful cover” and easy to use with a “plug and play” option so anyone can use it.
“We are trying to figure out what would be a cool stationary (battery) pack,” Musk said. “Some will be like the Model S pack: something flat, 5 inches off the wall, wall mounted, with a beautiful cover, an integrated bi-directional inverter, and plug and play.” Whether this will catch on and become an integral part of homes of the future remains to be seen, it will need to be highly efficient to avoid excessive energy wastage, but could certainly improve reliability and accessibility to electricity for some.