Elon Musk Introduces Tesla Powerwall

By Ryan Koss

Elon Musk recently hit the stage to welcome a new product to the Tesla family: the Powerwall.

Sized at only 51.2 inches x 33.9 inches, the Powerwall weighs 220 lbs. and can fit on the wall in your garage. (Image: Tesla Motors Inc.)

The Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium ion home battery capable of powering your energy needs. Available in two variations, the Powerwall is designed for complete personal home use, using energy stored from solar panels or purchased from the grid at low rates.

The smaller, 7-kilowatt-hour (kWh) Powerwall is priced at $3,000, while the high-capacity, 10-kilowatt-hour model will cost consumers $3,500. According to Musk, the 7-kWh model is designed for powering your home at a day-to-day level. Meanwhile, the 10-kWh model is designed to maintain energy for homes during an electrical blackout situation.

Get Off the Grid

Sick of missing out on your favorite show due to energy blackouts? Musk’s Powerwall is designed for those who don’t want to be part of the crowd…and the response has been very positive.

Watch Elon Musk announce the Powerwall and discuss how he thinks it will change the world.

Shortly after announcing the new product, Tesla had sold out of the Powerwall through the first half of 2016. In fact, the company is having trouble keeping up with the overwhelming demand. In a recent interview, Musk claims that in “Less than a week, we’ve had 38,000 reservations for the Powerwall.”

With numbers like that, it is clear that the electronic engineers at Tesla are creating the next future technology. Whether you’re looking for a self-sufficient home energy source or just want to play video games without having to worry of a blackout, the Powerwall may be for you.