Still brooding over the fact that you weren’t fast enough and missed out on Tesla’s Powerwall Home Battery? Well, it turns out, Tesla isn’t in the home battery game alone. Mercedes-Benz is in it too and the German luxury car maker is calling it “Private Energy Storage Plant.” Don’t be scare off by the word “plant” and the very ‘industrial’ product name in general, because it is really meant for home use, or businesses if you daisy chain them up. Each module packs a modest 2.5 kWh of electricity, pulled from the grid or your home’s existing solar panels. Up to eight can be hooked up together to give you a total of 20 kWh. Just in case you think the Daimler AG company hopped onboard this potentially growing market because some else did, well, not quite.
Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, a 100 percent subsidiary of Daimler AG has been dabbling “highly complex batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles” since 2009 and moving into commercial and private applications are just natural progression. The Daimler AG’s subsidiary now offers stationary energy storage plants for businesses and homes and the subsidiary’s first industrial-scale lithium-ion unit is already on the grid. Anyways, the Mercedes-Benz Private Energy Storage Plant was unveiled at the Intersolar trade-fair in Munich, Germany, today – that’s June 10, if you have lost your calendar. If you are up for one, you can reserve a pack over at Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE website. Unfortunately, we don’t even have the faintest idea about its price tag. But I guess if you drive a Mercedes-Benz, your financial standing is probably in good shape. No?