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Cooperation with Octopus Energy: Tesla becomes an electricity provider

If you want to charge your Tesla in a particularly stylish way, you can get your electricity directly from the electric car manufacturer in the future. However, one condition must be met.

The electricity supplier Octopus Energy has only existed since 2015. After the company had conquered its home market Great Britain in record time, it expanded to Germany in autumn 2020. And now, almost a year later, it already has a well-known car manufacturer as a license partner: Tesla is introducing its own electricity tariff for its customers, but – at least for the time being – is not acting as a provider itself. This role is played by the green electricity provider Octopus Energy, which has its German headquarters in Starnberg near Munich.

Powerwall 2 as a requirement

Tesla customers who want to use the electricity tariff previously tested in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria and now rolled out throughout Germany must meet one requirement: the mandatory solar system on their own roof must be compatible with the current Tesla Powerwall 2 connected. This is a backup battery that not only temporarily stores solar energy, but can also serve as an emergency power generator for your own home in the event of a power failure. The white box serves as an interface between the electricity provider and the customers, who can continue to control everything via the Tesla app.

Tesla promises several advantages for its electricity tariff. In this way, users should also receive 100% green electricity as soon as the self-produced solar energy has been used up. At the same time, Tesla speaks of reduced costs because the tariff includes a low monthly basic price and the labor price accounts for the lion's share. The tariff should also be able to be adjusted monthly and canceled in the same period; the usual contract duration of twelve or 24 months does not exist.

"Clean, digitized energy system"

However, the tariff that has now been launched is only intended to represent Tesla's entry into the German electricity market. As the news magazine "Spiegel" reports, the car manufacturer is planning a "clean, digitized energy system" in the future. Several power walls should be able to be combined to form a "virtual power plant", the energy from which can be fed into the public grid when required. It also has the artificial intelligence developed by Octopus Energy, which scans the energy market for the cheapest tariffs and passes the resulting cost advantages on to the customer in part - sometimes on an hourly basis.

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Conclusion

Tesla as an electricity provider? Well, it's not quite there (yet). So far, the car manufacturer has only acted as a licensor and agent for Octopus Energy and is providing part of the infrastructure with the Powerwall. Incidentally, the tariff does not seem to be as cheap as promised: The Tesla community reports on the Internet about offers that were usually more expensive than their green electricity tariffs from classic providers.

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