Tesla green electricity: E-cars and rockets are not enough for Elon Musk

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Elon Musk builds electric cars, stationary power storage systems, solar systems, rockets and also wants to drill tunnels with his Boring Company. The electricity market is now being added as a new field of activity: together with Octopus Energy, Tesla is offering a green electricity tariff in Germany.

You don’t have to own a Tesla electric car to use the tariff, but the prerequisite is your own photovoltaic system and a Tesla Powerwall – this is the name of the stationary power storage for your own home that the US company has been offering since 2015. A Powerwall includes a lithium-ion battery with a liquid cooling system and a charging control that enables networking with a smart home. Power outages should be automatically detected and bridged with power from the batteries, according to Tesla on its website.

The second generation of the power storage (Powerwall 2) stores 13.5 kWh and delivers 4.6 kW of electrical power on one phase – the power storage is therefore not suitable for fast charging an electric car. Up to ten such devices can be installed per home.

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The new green electricity tariff from Tesla fits in with this: If the solar system delivers more electricity than is currently needed, the Powerwall stores it. If it does not provide enough electricity, green electricity is obtained from Tesla partner Octopus Energy.

There is a monthly basic fee of three euros as well as a location-dependent fixed amount for the network operator – for Munich these are according to the Octopus online calculator for example 5.18 euros per month. Added to this is the labor price of just under 29 cents per kilowatt hour (in Munich). In total, this results in just under 68 euros per month, assuming a power requirement from the grid of 2,500 kWh per year.

In Germany, you pay an average of 32 cents for normal household electricity. At 2,500 kWh per year, that’s 800 euros, or around 67 euros per month – hardly less than the cost of green electricity from Tesla. At least for electricity tariff laymen like us, that doesn’t sound bad.

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