Mercedes-Benz now wants to sell you a full "ecosystem" of clean energy services, including solar panels that charge battery packs, which in turn charge electric vehicles - or at least let you store daytime solar power for nighttime use.
Vivint Solar, an offshoot of Vivint Smart Homes, a company that can trace its roots back to the late 1990s with Provo startup APX Alarm Security Solutions, has installed more than 100,000 solar energy systems across the USA since being launched by its parent company in 2011.
"As Mercedes-Benz electrifies its vehicle fleet, solar plus storage is essential to enable those vehicles to be powered by clean energy", said Boris von Bormann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas.
The deal, he said, "allows customers to take the next step toward a sustainable energy future". Mercedes-Benz batteries will be arriving later this year, with Vivint launching this solar system in California first. Vivint Solar will be on hand at the installation to customize the homeowner's setup based on their energy consumption. Tesla's Powerwall battery, which can be integrated with the solar roof, was one of the first residential energy storage products on the market in the US.
Tesla's Powerwall 2, which stores 14 kWh of energy, can cost as much as $11,450 including installation.
Electric auto owners aren't the only target audience for these new storage systems.
The number-two solar installer, Sunrun, partnered with LG Chem to create its BrightBox hybrid offering, which went on sale in Hawaii and California previous year. Beginning in Q2, new customers in California will be able to buy the offering outright or finance the purchase, either through one of the institutions Vivint Solar has relationships with or their preferred lender.
To view the online media kit, including downloadable photos and video, visit Vivint Solar's newsroom.
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Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler is evidently planning for a future where luxury cars refuel in their own garages.
Parent company Daimler started the energy storage division in 2015 soon after Tesla Energy was launched.
The batteries work as a backup if the grid goes down, but they also allow users to make the most of their solar energy. Based on the same automotive-grade battery technology used in Mercedes-Benz electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Energy storage solutions meet the highest standards of quality, reliability, and safety.
Mercedes-Benz is pursuing a holistic approach regarding the electrification of the drive train. The company is expected to launch 10 new electric vehicles by 2025.
"It solves a great problem and need for our customers, where they'll produce power during the day, and now they can consume it in the evening hours", David Bywater, CEO of Vivint Solar, said in an interview.
As for keeping energy costs down, Vivint Solar will help customers better manage their consumption.
Tesla is looking to improve solar adoption by offering more aesthetically appealing solar shingles, which the company began selling this month.