Talk of a Tesla HVAC system hasn’t been talked about in quite a while, but Elon Musk recently confirmed that it’s still on the future product slate.
On Monday, Tesla shareholder Owen Sparks asked Elon Musk to make a home HVAC with HEPA filter to help with allergies. The Tesla CEO responded to Sparks, commenting that an HVAC system is especially important in places like Austin, which have “an upper level amount[s] of pollen in the air.
During a 2020 earnings call, Elon Musk explained Tesla’s plan to enter the residential and/or commercial HVAC market. He said he was excited about the development of an HVAC system with hospital-grade particulate filtration. Musk pointed out that Tesla has already achieved such a system in its Model S and Model X cars. Tesla Chief Financial Officer Zachary J. Kirkhorn added that Model 3 and Model Y vehicles have filtration capable of MERV 16 or 15. .
“So taking all of these things that we learned and applying them to what HVAC would be, and commercial HVAC would be just very exciting. And then if you condense water, like why not have some water sources as well, if you have water then you could heat the water and also have a water heater,” Elon Musk concluded. .
At the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, Musk hinted that Tesla was developing a package of HVAC, energy storage, solar and hot water for homeowners.
Lars Moravy, vice president of vehicle engineering at Tesla, noted that integrating these systems into a home is no different from doing so in a vehicle. And senior vice president of powertrain and energy engineering Drew Baglino pointed out that integrating these systems into a car is more complicated.
“But, you know, obviously those systems are all disparate, and what we’ve done with Powerwall and solar charging is integrating them more and more. The next logical step is obviously the HVAC, water and heating. So we’re going to do it and we’ll probably integrate it better than anyone. But, as you said, we have a lot on our plate,” Moravy said.
Currently, the company is working on many projects, including the Cybertruck, Semi, Roadster and Optimus. Additionally, Tesla continues to ramp up production at Giga Berlin and Giga Texas. Meanwhile, Tesla Energy is working on fulfilling Megapack orders and the new Megapack factory. It’s unclear when Tesla will officially unveil an HVAC system.