Tesla promises cars that connect to the grid, even if Elon Musk doesn’t really want them to

Presentation of new Tesla fast charging stations

Tesla cars are located next to a new Tesla charging station of the latest generation on the Euref Campus Berlin.  | Photo by Jens Kalaene/picture alliance via Getty Images

Tesla plans for its future electric vehicles to be able to both suck up power and spit it back out into the grid. Tesla didn’t specify when this capability would be available when CEO Elon Musk made the announcement during Tesla’s much-anticipated Battery Day event in Palo Alto, California.

But instead of hyping up this development, Musk downplayed how useful it would be for the company’s vehicles to be able to connect to the grid. “Vehicle-to-grid sounds good, but I think actually has a much lower utility than people think,” Musk said. He ostensibly wants consumers to continue buying Tesla’s Powerwall batteries for their homes, rather than using its EVs as batteries on wheels. “I think it’s actually going to be…

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