Mercedes-Benz exits home battery market
Mercedes-Benz will stop production of residential batteries, ending a short-lived challenge to storage systems made by Tesla, start-up Sonnen and others, reports Julian Spector for Greentech Media. Little over two years after the launch, Mercedes-Benz exited because its batteries, stress-tested for the work of propelling vehicles through the streets, proved too expensive to compete for the sedentary role of sitting in someone's house, Mercedes-Benz spokesperson Madeleine Herdlitschka told the author. "It’s not necessary to have a car battery at home: They don’t move, they don’t freeze," she said. "It's overdesigned." The company plans to continue its large-scale storage operations by repurposing used car batteries, according to the article.
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Find an article in German in manager magazine here.
Find plenty of background in the factsheet Reluctant Daimler plans “radical” push into new mobility world.