Samsung embeds energy services into Tesla products

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that it has set up a service integration with Tesla, to be showcased at CES 2024, that will connect SmartThings Energy to Tesla products.

The Tesla products include its cars, Powerwall home battery, Solar Inverter and Wall Connector charging solutions.

Made possible through Tesla’s open application programming interface (API), this collaboration will result in the xpansion of SmartThings Energy’s already-comprehensive level of connectivity and contribute to Samsung’s ultimate goal of enabling more convenient, seamless home experiences for consumers.

An API is a software intermediary that enables two different applications to integrate with each other.

The key consumer benefit of Samsung’s collaboration with Tesla allows SmartThings Energy to connect to Tesla Powerwall, Solar Inverter, Wall Connector charging and EVs, allowing SmartThings Energy to display information relating to users’ energy production, storage and usage.

Additionally, consumers will be able to better prepare for power disruptions and outages through SmartThings Energy’s ability to sync with the Tesla app’s Powerwall “Storm Watch” function.

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This means that in the case of extreme weather events such as thunderstorms or typhoons, users can be alerted through SmartThings on their connected Samsung TVs and mobiles in addition to the Tesla app.

They can also activate AI Energy Mode before and during power outages to extend the remaining backup energy stored in Tesla Powerwall.

“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,” said Samsung Electronics head of IoT development team of Device Platform Centre Chanwoo Park.

“This new collaboration is a key milestone for Samsung Electronics in making our solution more widely available beyond home appliances.”

Tesla senior vice-president of powertrain and energy Drew Baglino said: “We recently published FleetAPI, allowing developers to interact with Powerwall, Solar, and Wall Connector in addition to our vehicles. We are pleased that Samsung has chosen to be an early developer, given their leading position in consumer smart home technology.

"Customers will be able to view the status of their grid connectivity across multiple devices and intelligently control home loads to extend their Powerwall energy when off grid.”

SmartThings Energy connected to Tesla Powerwall will be first shown at the Samsung booth at the Jan 9-12 CES in Las Vegas. The actual service is not ready yet but would roll out in the second quarter of 2024.
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