Tesla is launching an updated version of its mobile app and ‘My Tesla’ website today in order to add ‘Powerwall 2‘ and solar system integration.
The new features enable Tesla Powerwall and home solar owners to monitor and manage the “power flow” of their systems directly from the Tesla app – the same one they use to manage their Model S or X if they have one.
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The update comes as Tesla is ramping up installations of its new home energy storage system. Several reservation holders have received site visits and installations for the Powerwall 2 from Tesla in the past few weeks.
The Powerwall 2 can store 14 kWh of energy, which homeowners with solar installations can use to get more out of their solar power and use less energy from the grid. They can also use the Powerwall as a backup system during power outages.
With the simple new app (pictured above and below), users can easily see where the electricity powering their home is coming from: grid, solar installation, or Powerwall. It will enable Tesla customers to have a greater visibility in their power generation and consumption.
On the product page in the app, Tesla owners can now choose between their vehicle(s) and their Powerwall 2 in order to access the “Power flow” feature:
While the Powerwall automatically recharge when adequate, homeowners can also change the charging habits temporarily – in preparation for bad weather for example.
The system will also automatically switch your home power to the Powerwall within a second after a grid power outage, which is barely noticeable. But the app will also send an alert so that users can adjust their energy consumption in the rare cases of a prolonged blackout.
The new app is a clear example of Tesla’s shift since the acquisition of SolarCity. The company is changing its mission from “accelerating the advent of sustainable transport” to “accelerating the advent of sustainable energy”.
With the introduction of the Powerwall and new solar products – like the solar roof tiles, Tesla is looking to offer complete solutions to their customers for clean energy production and storage, with its solar systems and Powerwall, to clean energy consumption with its vehicles. They can now manage and monitor all three directly from their phone.
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