Eco-business / Social Venture

November 11, 2011


Mitsubishi Motors, Others Announce Devices to Convert EV Battery Power for Home Use

Keywords: Eco-business / Social Venture Manufacturing industry Transportation / Mobility 

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) announced on July 6, 2011, a technology to supply power from its electric vehicle (EV) when it unveiled the upgraded model of its i-MiEV car. For starters, there will be an AC Power Supply EZ, a device to power home appliances up to 100 watts, available as a dealer option. MMC aims to add a device capable of providing up to 1,500 watts by the end of FY2011.

In July 2009, MMC launched the i-MiEV, the world's first EV, as a solution to various issues facing cars, such as environmental pollution, global warming and oil depletion. Since April 2010, MMC has sold a total of approximately 4,000 i-MiEVs in the Japanese market, including those sold to individual customers. Cumulative sales have exceeded 10,000 units, including of exports and those shipped to PSA Peugeot Citroen.

Meanwhile, the power storage capability of large-capacity batteries in EV and hybrid vehicles (HV) is expected to play a vital role in promoting renewable energies such as solar and wind power, creating smart grids, and there are hopes that it will serve as an emergency power source in the event of large disasters. MMC's research and development of related technologies aims to meet such expectations.

Following MMC, Toyota Motor Corp. announced on July 19, 2011, that the company would gradually introduce an external power supply device to all HV models, which is now available as an option only for to Estima HVs. On August 2, 2011, Nissan Motor Co. unveiled a device to supply power for household use from the Leaf, its EV car.

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Toyota to Introduce Power-Supply System to Its Hybrid Vehicles (Related JFS article)

Posted: 2011/11/11 06:00:15 AM



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