Tesla is shipping hundreds of Powerwall batteries to Puerto Rico

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 1, 2017

Tesla employees are on the ground in Puerto Rico to help install battery packs and fix solar panels, a Tesla spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.

Tesla's effort to help victims of Hurricane Maria follows recent efforts made in South Florida after the company unlocked more battery range for Model S and Model X owners affected by Hurricane Irma through an over-the-air software update, extending the electric vehicle's battery capacity from 60 kWh to 75 kWh. Some of the systems are already there and others are en route.

Tesla makes electric cars and also sells batteries to consumers to combine with rooftop solar systems. Tesla sent its own employees to help install units, and is reportedly working with local organizations to find the best locations for the power banks.

As New Scientist points out, since the entire grid went down, it must be restarted from scratch in a labor-intensive process known as a 'black start'. It acquired solar panel installer SolarCity previous year, and the company sees the combination of solar plus battery-based energy storage as key to its overall effort to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy and wean the world from fossil fuels.

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