Inverters for Solar, Storage and EVs: Same Genus, Different Species

By [email protected] With recent news about the potential Tesla Motors takeover of SolarCity, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether the company will design and manufacture inverters as part of the vertical integration strategy. Business strategy aside, it’s raised a number of questions about how similar or different inverters for solar-plus-storage are compared to inverters for electric vehicles.

I’d argue that they are different enough that having motor drive expertise creates little or no advantage, and the engineering expertise required to pull this off means that a whole new team will be required, regardless of whether they go for a string, string

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