Tesla Powerwall version two coming this year

Elon Musk has confirmed that a second generation Tesla Powerwall home battery will be arriving in 2016.

It’s been nine months since Musk and his electric car company announced the Tesla Powerwall, a solar-powered home battery that aimed to remove the domestic reliance on fossil fuels.

Now, at a Q&A session for Tesla car owners in Paris (via TechRadar), Musk has revealed that a follow-up device is in the works for 2016.

“We are coming up with the version two of the Powerwall probably around July or August of this year, which will see further step changes in capabilities,” he told the assembled crowd.

As to the precise nature of the “step change” promised for the second Powerwall, Musk had little to say. He has previously claimed that Tesla would be making the power cells for itself in its own Gigafactory. The first Powerwall relied on cells provided by Panasonic.

Regarding the first Tesla Powerwall, which only hit the market fairly recently, Musk said: “We’ve got the Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack, which we have a lot of trials underway right now around the world. We’ve seen very good results.”

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Tesla will be holding an event in March to launch the Model 3, which should represent the company’s long-anticipated entry to the mainstream car market. The Model 3 sedan promises to come in at a comparatively modest price point, where previous Tesla model have been aimed firmly at the luxury market.

Intriguingly, there could also be a second Tesla model released at the event. It’s possible that a Model Y crossover could be on the cards, built on the same platform as the Model 3.