Tesla Motors Inc was recently seen removing references to 10-kilowatt-hour residential battery from the Powerwall website. Why the EV firm removed the higher-capacity version was not known until now. Confirming the removal, Tesla told GreenTechMedia that the decision has been made to focus on the daily cycling version.
More takers for daily cycling version.
“We have seen enormous interest in the Daily Powerwall worldwide,” Tesla said, adding, “The Daily Powerwall supports daily use applications like solar self-consumption plus backup power applications, and can offer backup simply by modifying the way it is installed in a home. Due to the interest, we have decided to focus entirely on building and deploying the 7-kilowatt-hour Daily Powerwall at this time.”
When the EV firm initially unveiled its home battery system, it introduced two versions – 7-kilowatt-hour model priced at $3000 and a 10-kilowatt-hour for $3500. Both the versions serve different purposes – the bigger one was optimized for energy backup while the smaller one was meant for the daily use. The EV firm suggested that the latter one received much more interest.
What’s interesting to note is, a couple of months ago there were reports of Tesla Motors Inc planning to launch second-gen Powerwall possibly sometime around summer. Also, in Paris during an exclusive event for Tesla owners, CEO Elon Musk said, “version 2 of the Powerwall probably around July or August of this year” and that the new version “will see further step changes in capabilities.” So, there are chances that the firm intents to reintroduce the 10kWh version this year.
Leaked images from Tesla Gigafactory
Thanks to a Reddit user – prollywannatho – we now have some amazing images of Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack assembly line in the Gigafactory. (Images have been removed from this article at the request of Tesla Motors Inc). On Saturday night, the Reddit user shared album on the Tesla subreddit, but there were no further details. The Reddit user is claimed to be a “robotics service engineer” or a “robot programmer”.
Some of the images show ‘automated guided vehicles’ (AGVs) carrying Tesla battery modules. Also, something like magnetic guiding taping on the floor could also be seen. A bunch of custom Powerwall crates can also been in some of the leaked images. The images also confirm that the EV firm is using the same modules for the Powerwall and the Powerpack.
Tesla Motors Inc appears to be using one module in the Powerwall to store 6.4 kWh of energy while in the Powerpack, the firms may be using as many as sixteen such modules for up to 102.4 kWh. Previously, the EV firm was mentioning Powerpack tower as a 100 kWh unit. There are plenty of pictures of the Gigafactory shared by the Reddit user, do tell us if you spot something else.
Tesla shares are down over 2% year to date, and for the last one-year, they are up over 23%. The stock is trading over $232, and has a 52-week high of $286.65 and a 52-week low of $141.05.