Not only electric cars, Toyota now competes with Tesla in the field of home energy storage
In 2015, Tesla introduced the Powerwall battery energy storage system for homes. And last year, the company said the number of installs surpassed 200,000. Now, Toyota, a car company from Japan, has also decided to enter this field, with the launch of a smart electricity storage system for residential use.
Incorporating technology from the big-name automaker’s electrified vehicles, the new product is called the O-Uchi Kyuden System. It has a capacity of 8.7kWh and an output of 5.5kWh.
Combined with technology developed for its electric vehicles, the system has a rated capacity of 8.7 kWh and a rated capacity of 5.5 kWh.
Installed on the outside of the house, it can be charged from the city grid, from a third-party solar battery pack, or a battery from the user’s own electric vehicle (the type with 2-way charging capability). It is designed to be both for everyday use and as an emergency power source in the event of a power outage. However, the ambient temperature range for operation is from -20 ºC to 45 ºC, so it’s still not a solution for people in particularly cold climates.
Thanks to an accompanying app, users can check the charge level, adjust the output, or switch between different power sources.
The lithium battery pack itself measures 1,142 x 341 x 432 mm and weighs 142 kg. If an electric vehicle adapter and a hybrid electric air conditioner are included, the total weight of the system will increase by about 42 kg.
The O-Uchi Kyuden system will initially be available only in Japan, with initial sales to construction companies expected to begin in August of this year. The price of the product has yet to be announced.
However, if Toyota wants to compete with Tesla by offering a more affordable product, it will need to beat the $7,460 figure when it launches.
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