Mercedes-Benz rolls out new model (of bat­tery) in U.S. homes

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - LEHI, UTAH —

Vivint So­lar, a lead­ing provider of res­i­den­tial rooftop sys­tems, has tried many things over the years to gain an edge on the com­pe­ti­tion.

Now it is hop­ing that of­fer­ing cus­tomers a Mercedes-Benz for $5,000 to $13,000 will do the trick.

But the of­fer is not for a car from the Ger­man au­tomaker. In­stead, it is for a sleek bat­tery the size of a minifridge that will al­low home­own­ers to take bet­ter ad­van­tage of the en­ergy their so­lar power sys­tems pro­duce. Mercedes has been sell­ing the bat­ter­ies in Europe and South Africa this year, but its part­ner­ship with Vivint, an­nounced Thurs­day, rep­re­sents its en­trance into the U.S. mar­ket.

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