In the race to store solar energy in homes, the multinational Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, does not want to be outdone. In direct competition with Tesla, the automaker, through its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, has started selling its first residential solar battery units in Germany.
Mercedes batteries are made with the same technology as the lithium-ion batteries they use in their hybrid cars. Each home use battery can store 2.5 kWh of electricity, expandable up to eight in an average installation, reaching a maximum capacity of 20 kWh. It could be extended to 10-15, as needed. For industrial use, the modules are 5.9 kWh each.
According to the manufacturer, the use of solar energy can increase by up to 65% with the use of batteries. For small customers, the company offers a set of services 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 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 automaker Tesla, has one of its flagship products in its batteries.
+ Information: daimler.com