Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Kyushu Mitsubishi Motors Sales Co., Ltd. have teamed up to create a self-sufficient showroom which will run on renewable energy and be able to supply power to electric vehicles in an emergency such as a natural disaster.
New large capacity solar panels and a battery to store generated power will be used at the Futamatase DENDO Drive Station showroom in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, which started operating on December 20.
Cleverly, EV and PHEV batteries can be reused by incorporating them into the storage unit.
The solar panels also have a 30kW generating capacity which is equivalent to the average power consumption of the showroom with the battery unit able to store 100kWh of electricity, which is roughly 10 days power usage for an average household.
As well as being able to supply electricity to EV and PHEVs the V2H (Vehicle to Home) adapter allows the system to power the showroom via the EV and PHEV batteries and solar panels.
Over the next year, the project will collect a variety of data to determine the viability of the solar panel and storage battery capacities to inform future projects.
MMC and Kyushu Mitsubishi Motors Sales are hoping to contribute to a more efficient and disaster-resilient energy grid through the creation of the DENDO Drive Station and increasing the number of EVs and PHEVs on the road.
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