Tesla has raised the retail worth of the Powerwall 2 for the second time in 4 months, as demand for the 13.5 kWh house battery power storage system continues to outstrip provide.

In line with the Tesla Australia web site, the worth of a Powerwall 2 battery is now $A13,300, together with items and providers tax, however not together with the price of set up.

The $A800 worth hike is the second since October 2020, when the price of the house battery was raised from $A11,700 to $A12,500.

As was the case in October, the Australian pricing transfer has adopted an identical transfer within the US, the place the price of the Powerwall 2 was boosted by $US500 in mid-January to $US7,500 (not together with set up), as reported by Electrek.

The value rises – each in Tesla’s house market of the US and right here in Australia – have come with out formal announcement or any efforts at rationalization (One Step has inquired). That mentioned, it’s protected to imagine the corporate’s beforehand acknowledged difficulties in assembly hovering world battery demand – for each power storage and for electrical automobiles – are nonetheless the primary wrongdoer.

As RenewEconomy reported at across the identical as the primary Powerwall worth hike, Tesla has been experiencing an enormous enhance in demand for its power storage merchandise – each at grid scale and within the house – whereas additionally lamenting a scarcity of battery cells that’s inflicting backlogs of power storage orders and even inhibiting the roll out of a few of its electrical automobiles.

In its Q3 earnings name in October of final yr, Tesla reported backlogs in its battery storage merchandise, significantly for Powerwalls, and CEO Elon Musk mentioned that the roll-out of the Tesla Semi, the electrical truck, which might have very large batteries – as much as 1MWh, in comparison with 50kWh for the Mannequin 3 SR+ – was additionally being held up.

“We simply want extra cells,” Musk had lamented, summing up an issue that world analyst group Morgan Stanley has been predicting might worsen earlier than it will get higher, and will unfold to EV makers past Tesla.

“There could also be price inflation and/or quantity shortfalls vs. most of the extra aggressive EV forecasts out there as we speak,” famous Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas. “Higher innovation could also be wanted to extend battery yield from factories, yield within the automobile, better power density and different innovation.”

Then once more, maybe we will blame Jeffries analyst, Phillippe Houchois, who within the Q&A following Tesla’s Q3 outcomes name steered that “given the financial savings” generated by the profitable use of Tesla house batteries to assist stabilise Australia’s grid, “your {hardware} might have been offered at a better worth.”

In line with Vitality Storage Information, Musk responded thus far by commenting that the analyst was “most likely proper about that.”