U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Inc reportedly applied for a license in the United Kingdom to provide electricity.
According to a Saturday report by The Telegraph, citing a company source, Tesla might applied for the license from the energy regulator in a bid to branch out its Autobidder platform in the country as the purpose of applying for the license was not made clear by the automaker in its application.
Autobidder is a platform by Tesla to make independent power producers, utilities, and capital partners able to autonomously manage and monetize their battery assets and the U.S. firm has currently been using that platform in South Australia at its Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR).
In recent years Tesla came significantly expanding its battery business, the electric carmaker is now eying on becoming an electricity provider in the United Kingdom, the newspaper said, citing sources from the energy industry.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comments.
In South Australia, Tesla in December 2017 built a world’s largest lithium ion battery at HPR to help the region keep its lights on. Due to its huge size company promoted the project as “Tesla Big Battery” which in actual is owned by a French renewable energy company Neoen, which also operates a wind farm in that vicinity. In the project Tesla not only commissioned Magapack for that company but also provide it with its Autobidder software.
The platform has an ability to operate with Tesla products and is also compatible with other types of energy staring products.
Apart from the current move to join energy providers in the country, Tesla has already been part of many other energy projects by providing its Powerpack projects to several organizations including Amazon which has been sing its energy storage systems in its U.K.-based distribution centers. Tesla also deployed its Powerpack system to lit Manchester Science Park (MSP).