South African born Elon Musk is considering a plan to build a gigafactory in Cape Town to manufacture Tesla Powerwall batteries. This comes after a report that Evan Rice, former chief executive officer of GreenCape, has been appointed as Tesla’s business development manager for South Africa.
Tesla Motors is planning to open an office in South Africa in early 2016, aimed at providing its energy storage solutions to local consumers and businesses. Tesla has already produced its first batch of Powerwalls at its gigafactory in Nevada, and stock of the batteries is due in South Africa by the end of January 2016.
Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers houses in the evening. It can be used to power a house during power outages, and “you can even go off the grid”, Tesla claims.