Tesla Motors is reportedly going to start producing batteries for powering homes, according to an article from The Verge. How CEO Elon Musk has determined that diverting resources from automotive production to branch out into an entirely new sector is anyone’s guess.
The Verge states that according to Musk, design of the battery system is already complete; the company could begin production in as little as 6 months. Tesla Motors has yet to set a date for the reveal of the new home-powering battery system, but Musk is reportedly very excited about the project.
It’s uncertain whether powering homes in this instance will be accomplished with the same li-ion pack that propels the Tesla Model S, but it would make sense; the Nissan Leaf EV, for instance, can provide backup power for households during outages through a special fast-charger in Japan.
The implication with Tesla Motors, though, is that Model S sedans would not be powering homes through a similar means. Rather, the system will likely utilize a new standalone battery pack.