(credit: Mercedes-Benz/Vivint)
Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler is evidently planning for a future where luxury cars refuel in their own garages.

The German automaker is announcing a partnership with Vivint, an American solar panel installer, to sell residential solar panels with modular, stationary storage batteries.
The venture is a product of Mercedes-Benz Energy, a new subsidiary created in 2016 to move into the residential energy storage market.

The company builds 2.5kWh lithium-ion batteries in Germany, which can be interconnected to create a system as large as 20kWh.
Mandi West, a spokesperson for Vivint, said the price of the system would vary. “A fully installed 2.5kWh battery system, when paired with a solar energy system will cost about $5,000,” she said.

But a 20kWh system will only cost about $13,000 fully installed. “Some installations may cost more or less depending on customer needs/special requests,” West added.
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