NORTH American maker of electric carsTesla Motors has unveiled batteries that can power homes and businesses as it attempts to expand beyond its vehicle business.
Chief executive Elon Musk, announced this week that the firm would build batteries that store solar energy and serve as a back-up system for consumers during blackouts.
The device would allow consumers to get off a power grid or bring energy to remote areas that are not on a national grid.
Tesla plans to start shipping the units to installers in the US by this summer, and the rest of the world sometime next year.
In a highly anticipated event near Los Angeles, Mr Musk said the move could help change the “entire energy infrastructure of the world”.
“Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation,” the company said in a statement.