Make your home a power hub.
As electric vehicles become more pervasive in modern society, the demand for reliable and abundant charging ports becomes more pressing. We are well aware of Tesla's push to expand its charging network across the US, and its extended range packages on cars such as the Model 3 and Model X are pushing the boundaries of how far electric vehicles can travel. But customers are looking for more than just a few extra charging stations.
As we've seen in Germany and other European countries, consumers are actually pumping electricity back into the grid and regulating off-peak charging times. Audi is a big fan of this concept, and now Tesla has begun developing its idea of providing an all-in-one service that will power both car and home.
The move towards sustainable energy hubs is gaining more traction in places such as Australia, where energy providers are looking into offering cheaper rates for EV users, which should boost sales of these eco-friendly vehicles. Tesla has begun research in the German market relating to scheduled charging times as part of a planned package that would take advantage of 'off-peak' charging times. The research project includes questions regarding consumer interest in purchasing a Tesla Wall Connector EV charge unit, Powerwall, and solar panels. According to PV-Magazine,Tesla could possibly sell this as an all-inclusive "energy package."
Tesla asks "Suppose your car is charged every morning to meet your daily needs. Under what conditions would you allow Tesla to control the charging time of your car so that it is charged for your daily needs and to offer you a cheaper electricity tariff?" The survey also enquired as to how willing customers would be to pay "a day-ahead hourly-variable price per kilowatt-hour." What is not yet clear is whether Tesla will be considering combining this package with one of its big battery units. Either way, the EV game-changer is forging ahead with more innovation.