Tesla has put in its 200,000th Powerwall, the corporate’s house battery storage product, the corporate mentioned in a tweet on Wednesday. Tesla’s CFO Zachary Kirkhorn advised traders throughout a first-quarter earnings name in April that Tesla is constant to work by way of a “multi-quarter backlog on Powerwall,” suggesting that the quantity of installations will proceed to soar in coming months.
Throughout that earnings name, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will no longer sell its Photo voltaic Roof panel product with out a Powerwall. He mentioned widespread set up of photo voltaic panels plus house battery packs (Tesla constructed, after all) would flip each house right into a distributed energy plant.
“…Each photo voltaic Powerwall set up that the home or condo or regardless of the case could also be, shall be its personal utility,” he mentioned. “And so even when all of the lights exit within the neighborhood, you’ll nonetheless have energy. So that offers individuals vitality safety. And we will additionally, in working with the utilities, use the Powerwalls to stabilize the general grid.”
He famous the unprecedented winter storm in Texas in February, which, mixed with record-breaking demand for electrical energy, left thousands and thousands with out energy in freezing temperatures. He prompt that underneath that state of affairs, utilities may work with clients who’ve Powerwalls to launch saved electrical energy again on the grid to satisfy that demand.
“So if the grid wants extra energy, we will really then with the consent, clearly, of the house owner and the partnership with the utility, we will then really launch energy on to the grid to deal with peak energy demand,” he mentioned.
Tesla hit the 100,000 milestone for Powerwall installations in April 2020, 5 years after it debuted the first-generation Powerwall. That signifies that gross sales numbers that took the corporate 5 years to realize had been doubled in a single 12 months.