Demand for Powerwall home batteries exceeds what Tesla can produce, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. There would now be a demand for 80,000 units of the home batteries, while Tesla cannot produce half of them this quarter.
In a “best case scenario,” Tesla could make 30,000 to 35,000 Powerwall home batteries this quarter. Musk said that in a lawsuit earlier this week, according to CNBC . This lack of production capacity would have to do with the chip shortages.
It is not clear whether Musk expects that enough Powerwalls will be produced in the last quarter of this year. It is also unknown what the maximum Powerwall production capacity is. Due to the production shortage, customers who order a Powerwall now will probably be able to receive it by the end of this year at the earliest.
Musk was in court this week over a conflict with Tesla shareholders. They say they have not been transparently informed about the takeover of SolarCity . Among other things, there would be ambiguities about the financial health of SolarCity and SpaceX’s investments in the company.
Tesla’s Powerwall has an energy capacity of 13.5kWh and can deliver up to 7kW peak power. The continuous power is 5 kW. It is currently not possible to order the product directly from Tesla in Belgium or the Netherlands. As of this year, Tesla customers are required to purchase a Powerwall if they buy new solar panels from the company.