The News Wheel

Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Unit to Compete Against Tesla Powerwall

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page
The Mercedes-Benz energy storage unit

The Mercedes-Benz energy storage unit

Tesla Motors recently unveiled the Tesla Powerwall, a rechargeable home battery that can be used for solar energy consumption and storage, backup power, and load-shifting. Not to be outdone, Mercedes-Benz and parent company Daimler have just announced their answer to Tesla’s Powerwall: Mercedes-Benz energy storage.

According to a press release from Daimler, the new Mercedes-Benz energy storage plants are similar to the Powerwall in that they can be used for rechargeable energy in residential homes. The devices, equipped with Lithium-ion cell technology, will allow residents to receive power from renewable energy sources.

The home model of the storage unit has up to 8 modules with a maximum capacity of 2.5 kWh. The modules can be combined to reach a capacity of 20 kWh.

The Tesla Powerwall

The Tesla Powerwall

Tesla’s Powerwall comes with two different energy capacities available: 7 kWh and 10 kWh. The 7 kWh, designed for everyday use, is priced at $3,000, while the 10 kWh, designed for optimized backup applications, sells for $3,500. Daimler has not released any information about pricing on its Mercedes-Benz energy storage units.

Daimler will also offer a business model, capable of an energy content of 1,190 kWh. Tesla also offers energy storage for businesses and 100 kWh battery blocks for utility scale systems.

Reservations for the Mercedes-Benz energy plants are already available without obligation at  Daimler has scheduled deliveries to begin later this year in September.

Mercedes-Benz and Daimler will present the units at the Intersolar trade-fair in Munich, happening today through June 12th. Mercedes-Benz has also released a series of ads to promote the new battery packs, featuring Mac-and-PC-esque characters and pooping cows.

With the home battery race heating up, only time will tell if more automakers join in.

  • rayndalrenfrow

    Tesla’s looks cooler. Mercedes power unit looks like a trash can.

  • KeepTryin

    Oh boy, can’t wait. In true MB fashion I’m guessing this unit will be more expense and less reliable. But at least it will come with a pretty three pointed star!

    Sorry, but my money’s on Tesla because they are ALL IN for the long game, not just making timid “me too” strides like most of these luxury car makers.

  • Kevin Reed

    It’s been said that this would be better done with lead acid batteries can any engineers confirm?