Mercedes-Benz has entered the emerging energy storage space with a new arm of the company simply called Mercedes-Benz Energy.
Customers in the UK will be among the first to be offered the new technology, which uses lithium-ion batteries in up to eight battery modules of 2.5kWh each.
Combined, the Energy unit has a capacity of up to 20kWh, and Benz says industrialised versions can achieve even greater ratings.
The technology is the same as that used by parent company Daimler in Mercedes-Benz hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with more than 80,000 built by the company since 2012. It’s also a competitor to Tesla’s Powerwall, which uses similar technology.
The system is ideally matched with the likes of solar or wind-sourced power, and Mercedes says average households can use the storage to power up to 65 percent of energy requirements.
Pricing varies between properties, but Benz says to expect “a photovoltaic (solar) system, a battery inverter, an energy management system and the Mercedes-Benz Energy storage unit itself, plus the cost of installation”.
To that end, the car- and now energy-storage-maker has recruited a network of distributors and technicians in the UK to install and maintain the systems.
“There is tremendous interest in our energy storage units in the UK [and] we’re very pleased to be able to offer Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Home to customers here,” Mercedes-Benz Energy’s Marc Thomas said.
The UK follows the US where Mercedes-Benz Energy has already launched. As for Australia, Benz's local arm says it is currently in negotiation with a local energy retailer but timing is unclear at this stage.