Elon Musk has officially announced the upcoming release of the powerwall version two. He, in his typical fashion, revealed just enough for us to wonder what he’s keeping to himself. He said, “We’ll be coming out with version two of the Powerwall probably around July, August this year, which will see further step change in capabilities.”
For those of you that don’t know, the Powerwall was a solution to the inconsistency problem with solar energy. It allowed homeowners a way to keep their home lit after dark or simply store a power back up in case of emergency. Unsurprisingly, the product flew off the shelves (more like factory lines) and has been a tremendous hit. In light of the success, it only makes sense for Musk to be announcing a new model now.
There was no indication about what the big change might be, but it’s important we don’t get our hopes up too much; he has said on several occasions that battery technology is not advancing at a particularly alarming rate. Since deciding to produce their own batteries, the official Tesla position on this issue may not remain the same.
The first version of the battery pack proved very successful, so there’s no reason to think otherwise. In fact, with the Model 3 being released in March, the battery coming in July may actually do better than the first model. Hard to believe considering they are still working through the 38,000 pre-orders of the original Powerwall.
There is little information to be shared as for the actual changes with the second version. Musk described them as “moderate changes.” The battery cells of the new version will almost certainly be coming from the Tesla Gigafactory. This will be a change from the Panasonic batteries that were in the first version. Whether or not Tesla being in charge of production will make a difference remains to be seen.
No matter what, this announcement really drives home Musk’s commitment to cleaner energy. Despite obvious frustrations in making vast improvements in battery technology, he recognizes its importance. His commitment to solar energy is fuelling the ambition to create the Powerwall version two and it looks like he won’t stop there.