Tesla applies to become British electricity provider, daily reports

By REUTERS | 4 May 2020

A view of Tesla Inc's US plant. — Reuters

LONDON: US electric carmaker Tesla Inc has applied for a licence to supply electricity in Britain, The Telegraph reported on Saturday.

The purpose of the licence from the energy regulator may be to introduce the company’s Autobidder platform, the report said, citing a company source.

The application did not make clear why Tesla has applied for the licence, The Telegraph reported.

Autobidder is a platform for automated energy trading and is currently being operated at Tesla’s Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia.

Having built a significant battery business in recent years, the carmaker is now preparing to enter the British market with its technology, the paper said, citing industry sources.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2017, the carmaker built the world’s largest lithium ion battery to help keep the lights on in South Australia.