Mercedes-Benz brings a new model (of battery) to U.S. homes

Terrell Bush
May 20, 2017

The partnership will allow both companies to compete with similar offerings from Elon Musk's Tesla, which acquired rooftop installer Solar City previous year, as well as Sunrun, LG Chem, and other clean energy firms.

Tesla may have been the first to try its hand at home energy storage in the USA, but Mercedes-Benz is on deck. Vivint will begin selling the Mercedes Benz home batteries to new customers in California later this year. It has produced residential batteries in Germany and started an interesting project in late 2015 reusing old electric auto batteries for grid-tied storage.

"Once the required permitting is secured by Vivint Solar, the physical installation of the entire system, including the solar panels and the battery, typically takes one to two days", Bywater's statement noted.

Mercedes's systems will be cheaper. His energy plan doesn't mention solar or other renewable energy sources, and his administration's 2018 budget proposal includes deep cuts to related agencies, like the one that helped drive down the cost of solar in the first place. This means the cost of the battery varies as well, depending on how many modules are necessary for storage.

It is teaming up with technology firm Vivint Solar to develop batteries that "let homeowners store and save electricity generated by solar panels so it can be used around the clock", says The Verge.

The exclusive partnership, Vivint's first foray into energy storage, will allow the companies to compete against similar offerings from automaker Tesla Inc, solar installer Sunrun Inc, battery maker LG Chem Ltd and others.

California will be the first USA market where Vivint Solar will offer this solution directly to homeowners.

"As Mercedes-Benz electrifies its vehicle fleet, solar plus storage is essential to enable those vehicles to be powered by clean energy", said Boris von Bormann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, in a press release.

For reference, the average US residential home uses 901 kWh of electricity per month, according to the US Energy Information Administration. "Our solution allows customers to take the next step toward a sustainable energy future". "We look forward to bringing this innovative solution to consumers, beginning in our California markets". Deployments of these set-ups totaled 336 megawatt-hours in 2016, double the amount deployed in 2015, GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association reported in March.

Mercedes rolled out its standing battery in Germany last April, but has since expanded to the United Kingdom and South Africa. But a 20kWh system will only cost about $13,000 fully installed.

Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler is evidently planning for a future where luxury cars refuel in their own garages.

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