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Old 08-30-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Report: Nissan and Mitsubishi to standardize EV-home powering system

TOKYO -– Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. aim to jointly develop a technology that allows electric vehicle owners to power their homes from car batteries, a news report says.

Cooperation could lead to unified standards for the technology, which attracted interest in Japan following widespread power outages in the wake of the country’s March 11 earthquake.

Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported earlier this month that both carmakers were working on a standardized technology that could be used nationwide. The companies declined to comment.

Nissan and Mitsubishi are among the early entrants in the electric vehicle race, with Nissan fielding its Leaf battery-powered car and Mitsubishi selling its four-seat i-MiEV.

Car companies began touting the use of the electric cars’ lithium ion battery packs as a back-up power source for homes after the earthquake and tsunami left thousands without electricity.

Nissan unveiled its back-up system Aug. 2. It can power a typical Japanese household for about two days. Mitsubishi announced its own adaptor a month earlier. It converts the battery’s DC current into AC power to run such appliances as refrigerators and air conditioners.

But the two systems are incompatible, meaning a Leaf electric vehicle cannot charge a home equipped with a Mitsubishi adapter, and vice versa, the Yomiuri said in the Aug. 13 report.

Standardizing the technology could help promote electric vehicle sales.
Mitsubishi spokeswoman Namie Koketsu said that her company is discussing future standardization with various organizations, but declined to give details. Nissan spokesman Chris Keeffe said the company doesn’t comment about future product plans

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Old 08-30-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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Yeah - let's see that thing power Air Conditioning/Heat at my house.

Something like this maybe...

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Originally Posted by Obsessive View Post
Yeah - let's see that thing power Air Conditioning/Heat at my house.

Something like this maybe...

that's probably bigger than an average japanese home
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