Continuing with our pledge to not leave the Mitsubishi out of our
reindeer games coverage of the EV and hybrid scene, consumers in Japan who have bought or expect to buy an i-MiEV will be pleased to know that soon they’ll be able to buy a box that lets them run their house’s electrical appliances from the electricity supplied by their i-MiEV.
Mitsubishi is calling it the “MiEV power BOX” (I am getting so so tired of cutesy caps use – it’s a rEaL pItA to tyPe) and when plugged into a fully charged i-MiEV, it can supply 1,500 watts of electrical power for up to six hours, about what an average Japanese household would use in a day. I suppose in a power outage, you could use your EV to keep your food from spoiling, but when there’s a power outage, what are the chances of your EV being fully charged? If your power doesn’t come back on, how are you going to recharge your car? You’re stuck. Also, while the press release mentions a possible role EVs might play in the “smart grids” of the future, there is no mention of the MiEV power BOX being smart-grid capable. The MiEV power BOX is a dealer accessory in Japan, priced at ¥149,800 (~$1,800 U.S. today). No word yet on availability in North America, though i-MiEVs themselves are now starting to arrive at NA dealerships for demo use. Brown Mitsubishi, in the Toledo area, has a demo on the lot and expects to receive their initial order of 10 retail i-MiEVs in April. The i-MiEV has a MSRP of right around $30,000, before the US federal tax credit of $7,500. I’ll just note that the sales manager at the dealership told the Toledo Blade that those ten cars are all the i-MiEVs they expect to sell in 2012.
Press release and specs below?
Mitsubishi Motors to Launch MiEV Power BOX 1500 Watt Power Feeder for its Electric Vehicles
Tokyo, March 9, 2012 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today that it will bring to market on April 27 the new MiEV power BOX power feeder which is capable of supplying large amounts of electrical power from an electric vehicle (EV). Supplied by a Mitsubishi Group affiliate, the MiEV power BOX will be offered as a dealer option for the company’s i-MiEV *1 and MINICAB-MiEV EVs and will carry a manufacturer’s recommended tax-inclusive price of \149,800.
*1: Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle
The MiEV power BOX is an adapter that plugs into the i-MiEV or MINICAB-MiEV’s quick charging connector and is capable of supplying up to 1500 watts of AC electricity from the power stored in the vehicle’s drive battery. It has been designed mainly to power household electrical appliances either when away from home or in an emergency. When connected to a fully-charged 16.0 kWh battery-equipped model the MiEV power BOX can supply 1500 watts of power for between five and six hours, equivalent to the amount consumed by an average Japanese household in a single day.
Much attention is currently being focused on the storage capabilities of high capacity EV batteries as a power source for use in major disasters and other emergencies. This comes at a time when solar power, wind power, and other recyclable energy sources are being promoted and the near-future implementation of “smart grids” which will allow the more effective use of electrical power. More and more people are looking to the EV both in terms of its traditional role of addressing environmental issues and also as a means of addressing ever-growing pressures on the demand and supply of energy. To meet these expectations MMC is pushing forward research and development into related technologies, one of which is the MiEV power BOX.
MiEV power BOX specifications
External dimensions (not including projections) 395mm x 334mm x 194mm Connecting cable length 1.7m Weight 11.5kg (unit 9.5kg, cable 2kg) Voltage 100V AC Max. power output 1500W (15Amp) Output terminals (100V AC socket) One
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