In the race for the storage of solar energy in homes, the multinational Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, does not want to be left out. Competing directly with Tesla, the automaker, through its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, began selling its first solar battery home units in Germany.
Mercedes batteries are made with the same technology as the lithium ion batteries they use in their hybrid cars. Each battery for domestic use can store 2.5 kWh of electricity, expandable by up to eight in an average installation, achieving a maximum capacity of 20 kWh. It could be expanded to 10-15, according to needs. For industrial use, the modules are 5.9 kWh each.
According to the manufacturer, the use of solar energy can increase up to 65% with the use of batteries. For smaller customers, the company offers a service package that includes the installation of solar panels, as well as a battery to store it, an inverter and the battery management system. The total cost is around € 10,000.
To do this, Daimler has trained 500 installers to install its battery in Germany alone.
Mercedes plans to sell its batteries throughout Europe and the United States. The direct competitor, the American carmaker Tesla, has one of its flagship products in its batteries.
+ Information: daimler.com