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Roadster

Link to press kit here.

Semi

The Tesla Semi will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport.

Unrivaled Performance

Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. It does 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. Most notably for truck drivers and other travelers on the road, it climbs 5% grades at a steady 65 mph, whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 45 mph on a 5% grade. The Tesla Semi requires no shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration, and its regenerative braking recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery, giving it a basically infinite brake life. Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic.

Driver Experience

Unlike other trucks, the Semi’s cabin is designed specifically around the driver, featuring unobstructed stairs for easier entry and exit, full standing room inside, and a centered driver position for optimal visibility. Two touchscreen displays positioned symmetrically on both sides of the driver provide easy access to navigation, blind spot monitoring and electronic data logging. Built-in connectivity integrates directly with a fleet’s management system to support routing and scheduling, and remote monitoring. Diesel trucks today currently require several third party devices for similar functionality.

Megachargers, a new high-speed DC charging solution, will add about 400 miles in 30 minutes and can be installed at origin or destination points and along heavily trafficked routes, enabling recharging during loading, unloading, and driver breaks.

Safety

The Tesla Semi’s all-electric architecture is designed to have a higher safety standard than any other heavy-duty truck on the market, with a reinforced battery that shields the Semi from impact and gives it an exceptionally low center of gravity. Its windshield is made of impact resistant glass. Jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi's onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes. The surround cameras aid object detection and minimize blind spots, automatically alerting the driver to safety hazards and obstacles. With Enhanced Autopilot, the Tesla Semi features Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning and event recording.

Tesla Semi can also travel in a convoy, where one or several Semi trucks will be able to autonomously follow a lead Semi.

Reliability

With far fewer moving parts than a diesel truck – no engine, transmission, after-treatment system or differentials to upkeep – the Tesla Semi requires significantly less maintenance. Its battery is similar in composition to the batteries of Tesla energy products and is designed to support repeated charging cycles for over a million miles, while its motors are derived from the motors used in Model 3 and have been validated to last more than one million miles under the most demanding conditions.

Lowest Cost of Ownership

All-in, the Tesla Semi delivers massive savings in energy costs, performance, efficiency and reliability.

The biggest immediate cost-advantage comes from savings in energy costs: fully loaded, the Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and is capable of 500 miles of range at GVW and highway speed, accommodating a wide range of shipping applications given that nearly 80% of freight in the U.S. is moved less than 250 miles. Coupled with the low and stable nature of electricity prices – which average $0.12/kWh in the U.S. and can be significantly less for commercial and industrial users, falling to almost nothing when combined with local solar generation and storage – owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone.

Reservations for the Tesla Semi can be made for $20,000 USD per truck. Production in 2019.

Model 3

Model 3 is a smaller, simpler and a more affordable electric car. Designed and built as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, it is a critical step in Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Like every Tesla vehicle, Model 3 combines range, performance, safety and technology. Intelligent design maximizes interior space to comfortably fit five adults and all of their gear. The high-efficiency powertrain provides zero to 60 mph acceleration in as little as 3.5 seconds.

Model 3 is designed to achieve the highest safety ratings in every category. Combined with 220* to 310 miles of range and a starting price of $35,000 before incentives, Model 3 is Tesla’s most affordable vehicle yet.

Model 3 is currently in production, and deliveries to employee reservation holders began on July 28, 2017 at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA. Reservations for Model 3 first opened on March 31, 2016 and remain available today.

* EPA estimated range

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Base Price - $35,000

Standard Battery

  • Range: 220 miles (EPA estimated)
  • Supercharging rate: 130 miles of range per 30 minutes
  • Home charging rate: 30 miles of range per hour (240V outlet, 32A)
  • Deliveries begin: Late 2018

Performance

  • 0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 130 mph

Interior

  • 15” touchscreen display
  • Dual zone climate control system
  • FM radio and Bluetooth® connectivity, with on-demand & internet radio capability
  • Textile seating
  • Front center console with open storage and two USB ports

Convenience

  • Maps and navigation with real-time traffic-based routing
  • Wi-Fi and cellular internet capability
  • Keyless entry and remote climate control using the Tesla app
  • Voice activated controls
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and media streaming
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat to maximize cargo options
  • Back-up camera
  • Auto dimming rear-view mirror
  • One-touch power windows throughout
  • Power-adjustable side mirrors
  • 12-volt power outlet

Safety

  • Full LED exterior lighting
  • Eight cameras, forward radar and twelve ultrasonic sensors enabling active safety technologies including collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking
  • Six front row and two side curtain airbags
  • Three-point safety belts with belt-reminders for driver and four passengers
  • Two LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) attachments in second row
  • Electronic stability and traction control
  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic parking brake
  • Child safety locks
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

Warranty

  • Vehicle: 4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty
  • Battery warranty: 8 year, 100,000 mile (120,000 mile with Long Range Battery)

OPTIONS

Model 3 can be customized with various options and packages, and is available in a number of different configurations, including Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive for superior performance and traction in any weather and Model 3 Performance for best-in-class acceleration. Please visit our Design Studio to see all currently available options and specifications for Model 3.

VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions & Weight

  • Length: 184.8”
  • Width: 82.2” (76.1” with mirrors folded)
  • Height: 56.8”
  • Wheelbase: 113.2”
  • Track (wheel center): 62.2” front and rear
  • Ground clearance: 5.5”
  • Head room, standard: 39.6” front row, 37.7” second row
  • Head room, glass roof: 40.3” front row, 37.7” second row
  • Leg room: 42.7” front row, 35.2” second row
  • Shoulder room: 56.3” front row, 54.0” second row
  • Hip room: 53.4” front row, 52.4” second row
  • Seating capacity: 5 adults
  • Luggage capacity: 15 cubic feet
  • Curb weight:
    • 3549 lbs. (Model 3)
    • 4072 lbs. (Model 3 Long Range)
  • Weight distribution:
    • 47% front, 53% rear (Model 3)
    • 48% front, 52% rear (Model 3 Long Range)

Body

  • Hybrid steel/aluminum body
  • Drag coefficient of 0.23

Chassis

  • Double wishbone, virtual steer axis front suspension with coil over twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • Variable ratio, speed sensitive electronic power steering
  • Electromechanically boosted four wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
  • 18” Aero or 19” Sport wheels with all-season tires, 20” Performance wheels with summer tires

Standard Accessories

  • 20 foot mobile connector with storage bag
  • 240 volt NEMA 14-50 adapter
  • 120 volt NEMA 5-15 adapter
  • J1772 public charging adapter

Charging Rates

Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive

  • Supercharging rate: 170 miles of range per 30 minutes
  • Home charging rate: 37 miles of range per hour (240V outlet, 40A)

Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive

  • Supercharging rate: 170 miles of range per 30 minutes
  • Home charging rate: 37 miles of range per hour (240V outlet, 40A)

Model 3 Performance

  • Supercharging rate: 170 miles of range per 30 minutes
  • Home charging rate: 37 miles of range per hour (240V outlet, 40A)

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Model S

Model S, the first fully electric sedan, is an evolution in automotive engineering. Combining performance, safety, and efficiency, it has reset the world’s expectations for the car of the 21st century with the highest possible safety ratings, the longest range of any electric vehicle, and over-the-air software updates that continuously make it better.

Tesla Architecture

Built on the Tesla platform, the battery’s location on the floor gives Model S an extremely low center of gravity, greatly reducing the risk of rollover while at the same time enhancing handling and performance. Without an engine, Model S has a crumple zone much larger than other performance sedans to absorb the energy of a front end impact.

Safety

Model S is designed for safety from the ground up. Much of its safety is owed to the unique electric drivetrain that sits beneath the car. Model S has a low center of gravity, minimizing rollover risk. Model S’s safety record is proven by its NHTSA and Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating along with setting a record of the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants when tested in the United States.

Electric All Wheel Drive

With two motors, one in the front and one in the rear, Model S digitally and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels. The result is unparalleled traction control in all conditions. Unlike conventional all-wheel drive vehicles that sacrifice fuel efficiency for increased traction, Tesla’s Electric All Wheel Drive system increases efficiency.

Performance

Reaching 0-60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds, Model S is the quickest four-door sedan ever built.

Superior handling is the result of an extremely low center of gravity, thanks to the battery pack along the floor pan, centered between the axles. No other production car has a more ideal placement of mass for optimal handling.

Storage

Without an internal combustion engine, Model S allows for additional cargo space and offers a spacious cabin fitting five adults and two children (rear-facing jump seats).

Touch Screen

The 17” center touchscreen seamlessly integrates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data into one intuitive interface. Many functions are mirrored on the instrument panel and are voice-activated to focus the driver’s attention on the road.

Efficiency

Model S allows you to travel anywhere without using a drop of gasoline. The EPA rates the efficiency of Model S as equivalent to 90 mpg.

Over-The-Air Software Updates

Over-the-air software updates add functionality, enhance performance, and improve the driving experience of Tesla vehicles. Similarly to how you receive updates to your smartphone, Model S owners receive updates to their car remotely without visiting a service center. The ability to receive these updates is free for the life of the vehicle.

Model S Specs


Charging
  • Access to Tesla's expanding Supercharger network
  • Mobile connector with 110 volt, 240 volt, and J1772 adapters


Interior
  • 17" capacitive touchscreen
  • Maps and navigation with real-time traffic-based routing
  • Automatic keyless entry
  • Wi-Fi and cellular internet capability
  • Mobile app remote control
  • Retracting door handles
  • Heated seats throughout the cabin
  • Heated steering wheel
  • One touch power windows
  • High definition backup camera
  • GPS enabled Homelink
  • Hands free talking with Bluetooth
  • Voice activated controls
  • FM radio and Bluetooth® connectivity, with on-demand & internet radio capability
  • Custom audio system featuring 11 speakers
  • Auto dimming mirrors
  • Power folding, heated side mirrors with memory
  • Two USB ports for media and power
  • 12 volt power outlet
  • Twelve way power adjustable, heated front seats with memory and driver profile
  • Subzero weather package with heated rear seats and wiper blade and windshield washer fluid defrosters
  • Front trunk (no engine!), rear trunk, and 60/40 folding rear seats with 63.3 cubic feet of storage


Safety
  • Active safety technologies, including collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking
  • HEPA air filtration system
  • Daytime running lights
  • Smart Air Suspension for raising and lowering ride height
  • Eight airbags for driver and passenger heads, knees, and pelvis plus two side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability and traction control
  • Fog and cornering lights
  • Four wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic parking brake
  • Three second row LATCH attachments for child seat installations (accommodates three child seats simultaneously: two with LATCH and one with top tether and belt)



Convenience
  • Power liftgate
  • Lighted door handles
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Wiper blade defrosters
  • Washer nozzle heaters

Model X

Model X is the quickest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. It was also the first SUV to receive a 5-star US NCAP safety rating. It blends performance and utility with unique features including the falcon wing doors, canopy glass and seven-seat configuration.

Tesla Architecture

Built on the Tesla platform, the battery’s location on the floor gives Model X an extremely low center of gravity, reducing the risk of rollover common in SUVs. Without an engine, Model X has a crumple zone much larger than other SUVs to absorb the energy of a front end impact. Along with standard active safety features, Model X received a 5-star safety rating in every category and sub-category by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it the first SUV ever to earn the 5-star rating across the board.

Falcon Wing Doors

Model X Falcon Wing doors offer unprecedented convenience, entry, and maneuverability. With less space needed to open than the sliding door of a minivan, the double hinged doors make loading a child in the backseat in tight parking spaces simple. Why should the driver ever need to touch the door? Auto presenting doors automatically open and close as the driver approaches or exits Model X.

Panoramic View

With a windshield that stretches up and over the two front seats, passengers can experience an open and modern feel with an expansive view ahead.

Fit everything

Three rows of seats, a front and rear trunk, room under the second row seats, side pockets and a blind holster for your iPhone, big or little, there’s a place to store it in Model X.

For even heavier cargo, Model X is the first electric vehicle with a 5,000 lb. towing capacity.

Breathe Easy

Model X is the world’s cleanest SUV on the inside. With a HEPA filter system, medical-grade air can fill the cabin, no matter what is going on outside.

There are three modes: circulate with outside air, re-circulate inside air and a bioweapon defense mode that creates positive pressure inside the cabin to protect occupants.

Agility, Speed and Aerodynamics

Model X hits 0-60 mph in a staggering 2.9 seconds getting to a top speed of 155 mph, all while producing zero emissions. With an active spoiler that automatically adjusts for maximum efficiency, Model X has the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV.

Model X Specs


Technology
  • Regular over-the-air updates add new features and enhance existing functionality via Wi-Fi
  • Access to Tesla's expanding Supercharger network
  • Maps and navigation with real-time traffic-based routing
  • GPS enabled Homelink
  • Custom audio system featuring 17 speakers


Safety
  • Active safety technologies, including collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking
  • HEPA air filtration system
  • Electric All-Wheel Drive for maximum efficiency and traction
  • Parking sensors and blind spot warning
  • Full LED headlamps
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Up to four LATCH child seat attachments


Convenience
  • Largest glass panoramic windshield in production, providing unparalleled views
  • Falcon Wing doors allow easy access to second and third row seats, even from tight parking spaces
  • Automatic keyless entry
  • Heated seats throughout the cabin
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wiper blade defrosters
  • Washer nozzle heaters
  • Self-presenting front door
  • Power liftgate
  • Largest interior storage capacity of its class: 77 cubic feet in the six seat interior configuration
  • Front trunk with room for luggage, strollers or two golf bags


Warranty
  • 8 year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty
  • 4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty

Autopilot

Tesla Autopilot is an increasingly capable suite of safety and convenience features that make personal transportation safer and more enjoyable. Since September 2014, Autopilot hardware has come standard in all Tesla vehicles, and Tesla has continued to refine and enhance the Autopilot system since its features were first enabled in cars in October 2015 via over-the-air software updates. Data shows that, when used properly, drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those operating without assistance. Eventually, full autonomy will enable a Tesla to be substantially safer than a human driver.

In its current form, Autopilot is an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that classifies as a Level 2 automated system by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is designed as a hands-on experience to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase their safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable by reducing the driver’s workload.

Autopilot’s safety and convenience capabilities are designed to be additive to the driver’s by augmenting their perception, improving their decision making, and assisting in their control of the vehicle. Its user interface has been carefully designed to encourage proper use and to give drivers intuitive access to the information the car is using to inform its actions, via a detailed visual display on the instrument panel and clear audible cues. As Autopilot technology continues to be developed, more advanced functionality will be made available to Tesla owners over time nearing full self-driving capabilities; however, until truly driverless cars are developed and approved by regulators, the driver is responsible for and must remain in control of their car at all times.

Today, Tesla owners enjoy features like Autosteer, Auto Lane Change, Autopark and Summon, and Tesla is continuously innovating to keep customers at the forefront of technology through over-the-air software updates.

New Autopilot Hardware

In October 2016, Tesla announced that all vehicles in production, as well as the forthcoming Model 3, will be built with an updated hardware suite, equipping each Tesla with the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.

Eight surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength that is able to see through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead. To make sense of all of this data, a new onboard computer with over 40 times the computing power of the previous generation runs the new Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar and radar processing software. Together, this system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses.

Vehicles equipped with this hardware will continue to become more capable as new safety and convenience features are rolled out over time through over-the-air updates. These updates will significantly advance the driving experience and are available in two options:

  • Enhanced Autopilot enables your Tesla to match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes without requiring driver input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage. Enhanced Autopilot should still be considered a driver’s assistance feature with the driver responsible for remaining in control of the car at all times.
  • Self-Driving, where permitted by regulatory approval, will ultimately take you from home to work and find a parking space for you on its own.

Before activating the features enabled by the new hardware, we will further calibrate the new sensor suite using millions of miles of real-world driving to ensure significant improvements to safety and performance. While this is occurring, Teslas with new hardware will temporarily lack certain features currently available on Teslas with first-generation Autopilot hardware, including some standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, collision warning, and Autopilot functionality such as lane holding and active cruise control. As these features are robustly validated we will enable them over the air, together with a rapidly expanding set of entirely new features. As always, our over-the-air software updates will keep customers at the forefront of technology and continue to make every Tesla, including those equipped with first-generation Autopilot and earlier cars, more capable over time.

First Generation Autopilot

Autopilot in vehicles built between September 2014 and October 2016 uses a combination of a camera and radar with enhanced processing, 12 ultrasonic sensors and navigation data to steer within a lane, change lanes on prompt, and adjust speed in response to traffic. Autopilot features were first introduced to Tesla owners in October 2015 via a free over-the-air software update, and were found in several independent studies to be the most advanced Level 2 driver assistance features available: Autofil, Car & Driver, The Drive, Motor Trend.

Standard Autopilot features include:

  • Autosteer and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control – Autosteer assists the driver on the road by steering within a lane. It relies on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to maintain the car’s speed in relation to surrounding traffic.
  • Auto Lane Change – By engaging the turn signal when Autosteer is engaged, drivers can be assisted in transitioning to an adjacent lane on the right or left side of the car, when it is safe to do so.
  • Autopark – When driving at low speeds on urban streets, a “P” will appear on the Instrument Panel when a Tesla detects a parking spot. The Autopark guide will appear on the touchscreen along with the rear camera display, and, once activated, Autopark will begin to maneuver the vehicle into the parking space by controlling vehicle speed, gear changes and steering.
  • Summon – With Summon, you can move your Tesla in and out of a parking space from outside the vehicle using the mobile app or the key.

Charging

A critical component of the adoption of electric vehicles is to create a seamless and convenient charging experience wherever customers choose to travel. Tesla owners can enjoy the convenience of plugging in anywhere to charge. Whether it's at home, in the office, or on a long distance road trip, Tesla has you covered.

Charge from home

The most convenient way to charge your Tesla is at home. Model S, Model X and Model 3 provide ample range for daily travel. The majority of owners drive during the day and replenish the balance of remaining charge at night, waking to a full battery in the morning. Imagine never going to a gas station again.

Supercharge on the road

Designed and built by Tesla, Supercharger stations charge Model S, Model X and Model 3 in minutes rather than hours. Superchargers are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. Stations are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, wi-fi hotspots, and shopping centers.

The Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of power to replenish a half charge in about 30 minutes.

The Supercharger network covers major routes in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. There are more than 10,000 Superchargers worldwide.

Recharge at your destination

The Destination Charging program replicates the convenience Model S, Model X and Model 3 owners are accustomed to at home by providing hotels, restaurants, and resorts with the same connectors our owners often install in their garages. Wall Connectors add up to 60 miles of range per hour, easily giving Model S, Model X and Model 3 a full charge in a few hours.

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Energy Products

The world currently consumes 20 trillion kWh of energy annually.

In 2016, CO2 concentration levels permanently exceeded the alarming 400 parts per million threshold. Many climate scientists believe this level will have a catastrophic impact on the environment.

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy – so that we can have a better future.

There are three key components that can help address climate change and have a positive impact on the world: sustainable energy generation, batteries and electric cars. These solutions already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful.

Solar Roof


Solar Roof is a complete roof that is beautiful, durable and brings renewable electricity production to any home. The goal was to create a roof that would make homes look better while reducing the cost of electricity. 

Solar Roof consists of uniquely designed and extremely durable glass tiles that complement the aesthetics of any home. It is customizable for a variety of different home styles, each uniquely engineered so that the photovoltaic cells are invisible. Customers can choose which sections of their roof will contain the hidden solar technology while still having the entire roof look the same. These new roofs seamlessly supply renewable energy to homes, battery storage systems and back into the grid, creating savings for owners. When paired with Powerwall, Tesla’s home battery, Solar Roof can power an entire home with 100% renewable energy.

Solar Roof is offered in four beautiful styles – Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile – to complement a variety of architectural styles.

Powerwall

Introduced in October 2016, Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to enable self-consumption of solar power, emergency backup, time-based control and other grid service applications. The current design is the second generation of Powerwall, after the first version was launched in 2015.

Powerwall has 13.5 kWh of useable capacity and consists of a lithium-ion battery pack, liquid thermal control system, an integrated inverter and software that intelligently dispatches electricity when it’s needed most. The unit mounts seamlessly on a wall or on the ground, indoors or outdoors, and is integrated with the grid to export excess energy, maximizing the opportunity for economic benefit.

Powerwall can provide a number of different benefits to the customer including:

Self-Powered Home
Store excess solar energy not used at the time it is generated and use that energy later when the sun isn’t shining.

Backup Power
Assure backup power in the event of a utility power outage.

Time-Based Control
Set Powerwall to Time-Based Control to maximize savings. Advanced sensors learn patterns in energy usage and will use stored energy during peak hours when prices and demand are high.

Home Energy Monitoring
Track Powerwall and home energy consumption in real-time with the Tesla mobile app.

Powerwall specs:

  • Mounting: Wall or Floor Mounted, Indoor/Outdoor
  • Inverter: Fully integrated Tesla inverter
  • Usable Capacity: 13.5 kWh
  • Power: 5 kW continuous, 7 kW peak
  • Round Trip Efficiency: 90%
  • Operating Temperature Range: –20°C to 50°C (–4°F to 122°F)
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Dimensions: 1150 mm x 755 mm x 155 mm (45.3 in x 29.7 in x 6.1 in)
  • Weight: 125 kg (276 lbs)

Powerpack

Powerpack integrates batteries, power electronics, thermal management and controls into a turnkey solution that’s easy to install for businesses and utilities.

Powerpack began shipping to commercial and utility customers in September 2016. It features a new energy module and power electronics, providing twice the energy density of the previous Powerpack, and a more seamless integration into multiple levels of the grid. Powerpack is matched with a new inverter that’s designed by Tesla and manufactured at Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. This inverter is the lowest cost, highest efficiency and highest power density utility-scale inverter on the market. It also significantly simplifies the installation process of the entire Powerpack system by integrating a number of previously independent components into the inverter itself.

Between one and 20 Powerpack systems can be connected per Tesla inverter, and larger systems can easily accommodate multiple inverters, enabling flexible system sizing and design for any project. Scalable from 200 kWh to 100+ MWh, Powerpack is the new standard for commercial and utility scale battery solutions.

For Businesses

Powerpack helps businesses gain greater control, efficiency and reliability across the electric grid by enabling them to:

  • Avoid peak demand charges
  • Buy electricity when it’s cheapest
  • Participate in grid services
  • Back up critical business operations in the event of a power outage
  • Maximize consumption of on-site renewable power

Highlighted Customers

The StubHub Center
Home of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, the StubHub Center powered up a 2 MWh system to help the stadium manage energy costs and reduce its impact on the Southern California power grid. Sports venues put a tremendous strain on the grid during short, powerful energy events. A Powerpack system enables StubHub to store electricity during off-peak times, when the grid is more capable and favors delivering excess electricity, then discharge to the stadium during peak evening hours when the grid is under its heaviest load. This project is the first deployment of battery storage technology at a major U.S. sports venue.

Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park, South Africa
As the largest natural sanctuary in South Africa, the Kruger National Park has no access to utility power and had to rely solely on diesel generators. This iconic protected ecosystem has environmental sustainability at the core of its mission. A new microgrid was formed by pairing a 3.15 MWh Powerpack system to a solar power system from SolarAfrica. The lodge can now switch off diesel generators completely during the day and long into the night by storing excess solar energy in Powerpack. The microgrid provides long-term savings by reducing expensive diesel costs, an uncompromised guest experience, and continuous clean energy from the sun.

Cathedral College School – Rockhampton City in Queensland, Australia
Cathedral College School was in search of a solution that would bring clean, reliable and affordable electricity to its campus. An 85 kW solar system coupled with a 95 kWh Powerpack system is expected to generate enough energy to reduce the college’s grid electricity consumption by as much as 50%, as well as prevent a detrimental tariff shift. In addition, through peak shaving, a storage application that reduces the college’s utility demand charges, the college maximizes the value of the system and expects to realize a full system payback within six years.

For Utilities

For utility scale systems, 200 kWh battery blocks are grouped to scale from 500kWh to over 100MWh. These systems are capable of two-hour or four-hour continuous net discharge power using grid tied bi-directional inverters. Powerpack systems support applications including peak shaving, load shifting and demand response for commercial customers while offering renewable firming and a variety of grid services at utility scales. Powerpack enables utilities to:

  • Firm up renewable generation by reconciling the intermittency of power from wind, solar, or hydro sources and storing excess capacity to dispatch when it’s needed.
  • Increase resource capacity. Powerpack acts as on-demand capacity (either generation or T&D), while adding resiliency to the grid.
  • Ramp Control – Powerpack can act as a buffer while the power output from a large generation source is ramping up or down, delivering power instantly to smoothly transition output to the required levels.
  • Provide ancillary services such as frequency response.
  • Defer costly and time-consuming grid infrastructure upgrades. Powerpacks consume no water and don’t require detailed environmental reviews.
  • Manage peak demand by deploying power within seconds or milliseconds.

Highlighted Powerpack Utility Customers:

Southern California Edison – Ontario, California
In October 2015, a rupture in the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir near Los Angeles caused a methane gas spill that displaced more than 8,000 Californians and released an unprecedented 1.6 million pounds of methane into the atmosphere. Los Angeles was in need of a clean energy solution that could ensure grid reliability and protect the city from the risk of rolling blackouts. Tesla provided an 80 MWh Powerpack system at the Southern California Edison Mira Loma substation to deliver electricity during peak hours, helping to maintain reliable grid operation and reduce the need for electricity generated by fossil fuels such as natural gas. Read more

Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative – Kaua’i, Hawaii
The 13 MW photovoltaic array plus 52 MWh Powerpack system stores solar energy created during the day and feeds it to the grid during the evening hours to help reduce the amount of diesel power generation needed to meet the island’s electricity demand. This system helps KIUC meet its goal of using renewable resources to generate half of Kaua‘i’s electricity by the end of 2019.

Hornsdale Battery Project – near Jamestown, South Australia
In September 2016, a 50-year storm damaged critical infrastructure in the state of South Australia, causing a state-wide blackout and leaving 1.7 million residents without electricity. Further blackouts occurred in the heat of the Australian summer in early 2017. In response, the South Australian Government looked for a sustainable solution to ensure energy security, and Tesla was selected to provide a 129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. The Powerpack will charge using renewable wind energy and dispatch energy during peak hours to prevent blackouts and increase grid reliability. Read more

Ta’u Island – Tau, American Samoa
Ta’u Island in American Samoa used diesel generators as their main source of power for years, leaving the residents vulnerable to blackouts when diesel supplies were low and using hundreds of gallons of fossil fuels. To address the needs of Ta’u’s 600 residents, Tesla built 1.4 MW of solar generation capacity and 6 MWh of battery storage to power the island. Now, residents along with the local hospital, schools, fire and police stations, and local businesses no longer need to worry about outages or rationing. Additionally, their microgrid almost completely replaces diesel generators with more affordable solar energy, and is designed to optimize system performance and maximize savings. The battery system allows the island to use stored solar energy at night so they can use renewable energy around the clock.

Powerpack specs:

2-hour System

  • AC Energy: 174 kWh
  • Round Trip Efficiency: 87%*
  • Operating Temperature: -22ºF to 122ºF
  • Scalable from: 50 kVa – 650 kVa
  • Weight: 2073 kG / 4570 lbs
  • Nominal Frequency: 50 or 60 Hz
  • Powerpack Dimensions: L: 51.5” (1308 mm) W: 32.4” (822 mm) H: 86” (2185 mm)
  • 4-hour System

  • AC Energy: 210 kWh
  • Round Trip Efficiency: 89%
  • Operating Temperature: -30ºC to 50ºC
  • Scalable from: 50 kVa – 650 kVa
  • Weight: 2159 kg / 4750 lbs
  • Nominal Frequency: 50 or 60 Hz
  • Powerpack Dimensions: L: 51.5” (1308 mm) W: 32.4” (822 mm) H: 86” (2185 mm)
  • *Net energy delivered at 25°C (77°F) including thermal control.

    Gigafactory

    Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and renewable energy generation and storage systems. At the heart of these products are batteries.

    Tesla has seen enormous demand for energy products and electric vehicles. Today, there are more than 350,000 Tesla vehicles on the roads worldwide, and we’ve installed over 1 GWh of energy storage across the globe.

    The Gigafactory was born out of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support Tesla’s projected demand. In mid-2018, battery production at Gigafactory 1 reached an annualized rate of roughly 20 GWh, making it the highest-volume battery plant in the world. Tesla currently produces more batteries in terms of kWh than all other carmakers combined. With the Gigafactory ramping up production, Tesla’s cost of battery cells will significantly decline through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof.

    Gigafactory Facts & Figures

    Land

    • Total Land Area: 3,200 acres
    • Biggest building in the world by footprint at 5.8 million square feet when compete
    • The footprint of the completed Gigafactory will equate to about 101 football fields.

    Construction

    • Tesla broke ground on June 26, 2014.
    • The current structure has a footprint of more than 1.9 million square feet, which houses more than 4.9 million square feet of operational space across several floors. This represents about 30% of the total finished Gigafactory.
    • Once complete, we expect the Gigafactory to be the biggest building in the world.
    • The factory is being built in phases so that we can begin manufacturing immediately inside the finished portions and, more importantly, adjust for improved learning as we build additional space.

    Production

    • The Gigafactory production line is extremely flexible and will allow for production changes inside the factory as battery technology and architecture change over the next decades.
    • The Gigafactory manufactures battery cells, modules, and other components aimed to reduce costs, ensure a stable supply, and expand Tesla’s business accordingly.
    • The Gigafactory currently produces Model 3 electric motors and battery packs, in addition to Tesla’s energy products, Powerwall and Powerpack.

    Battery Cells

    • The Gigafactory is producing a Tesla/Panasonic designed and engineered cell called a “2170 cell,” as the diameter is 21mm in x 70mm in height.
    • The cell offers the best optimization of performance metrics needed for an EV at the lowest production cost. The size also works well for other large battery packs, such as Tesla’s energy products, Powerwall and Powerpack.
    • Production of 2170 cells for qualification started in December 2016 and mass production began in January 2017. The cells coming off the line today are used in Model 3 and Tesla’s energy products, Powerwall and Powerpack.

    Employment

    • By bringing cell production to the U.S., Tesla will create thousands of more American jobs.
    • Tesla continues to show an overwhelming commitment to the Nevada workforce, well beyond the state’s requirement that 50% of employees be Nevada residents. Nevadans currently average about 91% of the workforce at the Gigafactory.
    • At peak production, the Gigafactory will employ 6,500 people and eventually as many as 10,000 employees. Indirectly, the Gigafactory will create between 20,000 to 30,000 additional jobs in the surrounding regions.

    Energy use and recycling

    • The Gigafactory is designed to be a net-zero energy factory upon completion. It will not consume any fossil fuels – there is no natural gas piped to the site nor are there permanent diesel generators being used to provide power. Emergency backup is fed from various electric sources, including renewable energy and storage products.
    • The entire roof of the Gigafactory will be covered in solar array, and installation is already underway. Power not consumed during the day will be stored via Tesla Powerpacks for use when needed.
    • To use water efficiently, the Gigafactory will have its own water recycling and treatment facility. The Gigafactory’s closed-loop water supply system uses numerous different treatment systems to efficiently recirculate water.
    • Construction is underway for an on-site recycling facility that will safely reprocess all types of Tesla battery cells, modules, and packs for reuse in new cells or non-toxic solid waste by-product. They will eventually be returned to the Gigafactory at the end of their lifecycle, where components can be broken down and recycled to be used in new energy products.