Nissan, Mitsubishi to to jointly develop EV-home powering system

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 2, 2011

There are reports from Japan that reveal that what Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have set out to develop is technology that powers homes with car batteries. This collaboration may result to unified standards for the technology, which has drawn in more interest after the power outages from the March 11 disaster in Japan.

Yomiuri newspaper said that Nissan and Mitsubishi aim to create standardized technology that may be used across the country. To date, neither company has commented on this matter. Both Nissan and Mitsubishi have entered the electric vehicle segment early on.

Nissan has its Leaf battery-powered car while Mitsubishi offers its four-seat i-MiEV, according to Autonews. When areas of Japan were left without electricity, automakers discussed the possibility of using the electric cars’ lithium ion battery packs as a back-up power source for households.

On August 2, Nissan introduced its back-up system. This could provide power to an average Japanese household for about two days.

A month before that, Mitsubishi had announced its own adaptor, which converts the battery’s DC current into AC power to operate appliances like the refrigerators and air conditioners.

Yomiuri reported that these two systems are not compatible, which means that a Leaf electric vehicle cannot charge a home that has a Mitsubishi adapter. The reverse is also true. This is how electric vehicle sales may get a boost if the technology is standardized.

According to Mitsubishi spokeswoman Namie Koketsu, the company is talking about future standardization with different organizations but no additional information was given. Nissan spokesman Chris Keeffe didn’t comment.

Topics: nissan, mitsubishi

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