Mitsubishi MiEV Power BOX Can Run Japanese Homes
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.
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 specificationsExternal dimensions (not including projections)395mm x 334mm x 194mmConnecting cable length1.7mWeight11.5kg (unit 9.5kg, cable 2kg)Voltage100V ACMax. power output1500W (15Amp)Output terminals (100V AC socket)One
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It is a spectacularly stupid idea. If things get that bad in your neighborhood, the last thing you want to do is to render your means of escape inoperable. If you need a lot of back up power buy a gas powered generator. If batteries will do, get a UPS. If you own an electric car, keep it charged so you can leave in an emergency.
Thing that worries me about this MiEV is that it apparently uses all its battery capacity, rather than half like the Prius or Volt. This according to March C/D. It does have thermal management, but doesn't run the battery in its sweet spot for longevity. So while it may outlast a laptop or phone battery, it is going to croak early, or maybe even brick like Tesla. Avoid like the plague, in my opinion.