The Tesla Cybertruck is the first Tesla that can power an entire house! This means that if there’s a power outage and the grid is down, if you have Powershare installed, your house will still have electricity through your Cybertruck.

In this post, I’ll go over all the details. Don’t forget to check out my Youtube video, where I had the opportunity to interview the CEO of QMerit, the Tesla certified installers for PowerShare.

tesla powershare

GETTING POWERSHARE

The Foundation Series Cybertruck comes with the hardware for the PowerShare system, which is the Universal Wall Connector and Powershare Gateway. 

Tesla has changed the process since I got Powershare installed, so keep in mind it may change it again in the future. However, after I took delivery of my Cybertruck, I had to fill out a survey from Tesla, and then Tesla assigned me a certified Tesla electrician, Trout Electric, whose parent company is QMerit. I sent pictures of my home set up to Trout Electric, and we set up an installation date. 

Tesla emails you a $2,500 Tesla Shop Voucher, which can be used to purchase the Powershare Home Backup equipment (Universal Wall Connector and Powershare Gateway), or can be used to buy other Tesla items however it can only be used one time. 

The installation cost, including labor and permits, was around $4,200. Prices may vary based on your location and the economy, so keep that in mind. During installation, they had to shut off power to the entire home, and it took about 5-6 hours. 

tesla powershare gateway
Tesla PowerShare Gateway

POWERWALL VS POWERSHARE

You might wonder, isn’t this similar to a Tesla Powerwall? Yes and no. The Powerwall can store energy generated from solar panels, and use it when utility rates are highest. The Cybertruck can’t do that—at least not yet. It only works if your power is completely out.

The new Powerwall 3 can store up to 13.5 kWh and costs $11,000. The Cybertruck, on the other hand, has a 123 kWh battery pack, which is much bigger. It would be fantastic if we could charge the truck using solar and discharge it during expensive utility times. However currently it is not possible, but it maybe possible with a future software update. 

If you already have a Powerwall system, you’re in luck—sort of. You don’t need new hardware or installation; it will automatically work. However, you still need a universal wall connector.

POWERSHARE IN ACTION

Two weeks after I had my Tesla PowerShare system installed, I checked the Tesla phone app, and there it was—a PowerShare icon under the charging section on the Tesla app.

In the app, you can control the amount of discharge from my Cybertruck to power my home, and it can last up to 3 days. However again, the Powershare only works if the power is completely turned off in the house. 

To see it in action, I decided to simulate a power outage by turning off the power at the breaker. 

In just a few seconds, my house was entirely reliant on the power from my Cybertruck. The Cybertruck charging icon turns purple, when the truck is charging the home.

tesla powershare

FINAL THOUGHTS

In conclusion, the PowerShare system is an exciting addition to my home. It’s a great backup system in case the power goes out.. Stay tuned for more updates and videos on this innovative technology! Don’t forget to check out my Youtube video to see it all in action. 

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