It has long been hinted-at and speculated that Tesla Motors may be much more than just an electric automaker, and a recent tweet by CEO Elon Musk pretty much confirms that. Musk posted that a “Major new Tesla product line” will debut on April 30th at Tesla’s design center in Hawthorne, California…and it won’t be a car. Instead, it will probably be the Tesla home battery system executives have been hinting at.
As you can see from the tweet embedded below, Musk hasn’t given out any more specific details just yet. He has, however, mentioned multiple times about working on a Tesla home battery system, and it’s no secret that he is working closely with another company he’s invested into, SolarCity, to provide batteries for their home solar and microgrid systems. That could be where he plans to shift some of the Gigafactory’s production, should sales of Tesla vehicles not meet Elon’s ambitious goals.
Major new Tesla product line — not a car — will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thurs 8pm, April 30
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2015
Despite hints about the Tesla home battery though, no official announcement has been made. Elon’s last hint in February suggested the design would be complete in about six months, poising it for a debut sometime this summer, meaning an announcement a few months beforehand. So the smart money is definitely on a Tesla home battery system debut.
But if not a car, what else could Elon’s mystery product line be? One thing I know many in the automotive aftermarket want access to are Tesla’s batteries for EV projects of their own, though that seems less likely given the current production restraint on battery packs. Drivetrain parts are another possibility, such as the 691 horsepower Dual Motor Drive system, as I’m sure there are plenty of people who’d love to drop that drivetrain into an EV of their own.
It’s probably just a home battery though. Which, you know, could be huge for Tesla, SolarCity, and the sustainable energy business as a whole. For us EV enthusiasts though, it might not be as exciting news as the P85D, I’m afraid.