Samsung to Integrate Tesla Solar and Powerwall Products into SmartThings Via New Tesla APIs

By Kevin Armstrong
Samsung Collaboration With Tesla for SmartThings Energy
Samsung Collaboration With Tesla for SmartThings Energy
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Tesla, Inc. have unveiled a strategic partnership that promises to redefine the landscape of home energy management. Announced just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2024, this alliance focuses on integrating Samsung's SmartThings Energy with Tesla's suite of energy products, including the Powerwall home battery, Solar Inverter, Wall Connector charging solutions, and electric vehicles.

The integration, enabled by Tesla's new APIs, marks Samsung's commitment to creating more convenient and seamless home experiences. According to Chanwoo Park, EVP and Head of the IoT Development Team of the Device Platform Center at Samsung Electronics, "Tesla Energy’s customers can now manage and monitor the power status of their homes through SmartThings Energy and Samsung devices in addition to the Tesla app, ensuring more access and connectivity."

The Significance of Integration

This collaboration is not just a technological feat but a consumer-centric move. Samsung's SmartThings Energy will now be able to display detailed information about energy production, storage, and usage, offering users unprecedented control and insight into their home's energy ecosystem. For instance, in scenarios of extreme weather events, SmartThings Energy will sync with Tesla’s Powerwall “Storm Watch” function. This means users will receive alerts on their connected Samsung TVs and mobile devices, preparing them for power disruptions and outages.

Moreover, the integration extends to Tesla's electric vehicles, with SmartThings Energy capable of monitoring and controlling the charging status of Tesla EV batteries and the power generated by solar panels. Drew Baglino of Tesla highlights the significance of the collaboration, "At Tesla, we are excited to add the capability to our products to interact with other intelligent devices and software in customers’ homes... We are pleased that Samsung has chosen to be an early developer, given their leading position in consumer smart home technology." The two companies have also worked together on making the chips that power Full Self Driving.

Broader Implications for Sustainability

The broader implications of this partnership are far-reaching. Samsung's use of the Tesla API aligns with its ongoing efforts toward the Net Zero Home project, aiming to enhance the multi-device experience of SmartThings users and contribute positively to sustainable energy practices. This collaboration is a step towards a future where smart homes are interconnected and play a pivotal role in energy conservation and sustainability.

The first glimpse of this integration will be showcased at the Samsung booth at CES 2024, with the actual service expected to launch in the second quarter of 2024. While the full extent of the features is still under development, the announcement alone signals a major shift in how consumers will interact with and manage home energy systems in the near future.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
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Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range Now Eligible for $7.5K Tax Credit

By Karan Singh
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In the US, the Model 3 Long Range has now become fully eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs.

Federal Tax Credit

The federal tax credit is up to $7,500 USD off at the point of sale, which applies to EVs with batteries originating from the United States. The Model 3 Performance was launched with the EV tax credit, which meant that until now, it was cheaper to purchase than the Model 3 Long Range.

Interestingly, after this change, the Model 3 Long Range is only $1,000 USD more expensive than the Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive, as the RWD model is not eligible for the credit. The LFP batteries in the RWD model are from CATL in China, and thus mark it as ineligible.

At $40,000 USD, the Model 3 Long Range is now an even better deal than before – and is nearly $7,500 less (the amount of the credit), than the average new car in the United States.

Canadian EV Credits

In Canada, Tesla dropped the Model 3 RWD price by $1,000 CAD, in response to the province of  British Colombia reducing the upper limit of their EV credit MSRP range. This means that the Model 3 RWD is the only Tesla vehicle that is covered under the new BC rebate – which is one of the few provincial rebates still left standing.

Sadly, as a result of this change, and due to a weird classification gimmick, the Model Y is considered a sedan by the Government of BC and is completely ineligible for the additional rebates – but the $5,000 federal EV rebate still applies.

Tesla vehicles accounted for 80% of federal EV rebate applications in Canada in 2023, marking a net increase since last year at 60%.

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