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Nissan’s Electric Auto Help Cook Dinner Power Blackouts: Cars

Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors (7211) say their electric can be used for more than going to the grocery store. the battery-powered vehicles may also owners cook dinner a blackout.

Mitsubishi is working to the 100-watt discharge capacity of its electric car, which can power small gadgets as mobile phones with the use of an accessory, to 1,500 watts. At level, “you’d be able to a rice cooker or a microwave,” Yoshikazu Nakamura, head of the electric-vehicle business.

The electricity that caused rolling in Tokyo after an earthquake out nuclear reactors in March is the usefulness of electric-car batteries as power sources, according to and Mitsubishi, the world’s two biggest of such vehicles. Rather dent demand, the disaster may electric-car sales, said Miyao, an analyst at consulting Carnorama in Tokyo .

“Electric cars now have the to demonstrate how useful their can be,” Miyao said. vehicles have an advantage, than ever.”

Tokyo Power Co. has said electricity this summer may lead to scheduled outages after the 11 earthquake crippled its Fukushima atomic power plant, the world’s worst nuclear in 25 years. Other reactors in have also been for inspections and maintenance, exacerbating a power shortage.


Even so, energy use at night, electric-car owners typically their vehicles, only about 50 percent of available according to the utility.

“Charging vehicles during the night be a problem at all,” Miyao “What’s necessary is to cut back peak times.”

Using the battery to run appliances is done a foot-long device that sells for an extra 15,540 yen It plugs into a socket in the interior and converts the battery’s current into alternating for the appliances, which plug the other side.

Mitsubishi has intensified battery-development since the March disaster, said. The Tokyo-based company to introduce a battery that can as much as 1,500 watts by the end of year, he said.

“We noticed a in the public’s focus, and we are speeding up,” Nakamura said.

plans to unveil a discharge for its Leaf electric car early month, said Hideaki the Yokohama-based company’s head of vehicles. While the car’s has a capacity of 2,400 watts, has yet to decide on its discharge capacity, Shiro Nagai, a spokesman at the

Leaf Orders

While overall auto sales declined after the earthquake, for the Leaf have held said Nagai.

Sales of the in Japan, which fell in and April amid output caused by the disaster, rebounded in May to 472 from 177 the previous month, said. Nissan had sold 8,200 Leafs globally as of after introducing the car in December, said.

“Even though we had to halt after the quake, sales are well,” Nagai said.

Motor Corp. (7203). the biggest maker of gasoline- hybrid vehicles. is also a system that will its Prius hybrid car to discharge as as 1,500 watts, enough to home appliances. Toyota July 19 the system will be within a year.

For now, the may be of limited use to people living in apartment buildings, who have no way to their cars to their appliances.

“Right now, impossible,” said Toshitake a spokesman at Nissan. “The to carry that electricity up to a on the 12th floor needs to be first.”

Emergencies, Camping

The technology meant for regular use in homes yet, said Kai Inada, a at Mitsubishi.

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“We only have for the electricity to be used in emergency or for people going camping,” he

Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, which on sale in April 2010, a battery supplied by Lithium Japan. a joint venture Mitsubishi and battery maker GS Corp. The battery can be fully in seven to 14 hours and can power the for 160 kilometers (99 miles), according to the

Mitsubishi says it has sold 4,000 i-MiEVs in Japan and more than 10,000, vehicles supplied to French PSA Peugeot Citroen. The Japanese plans to add eight hybrid and models by 2015, beginning its M model, set to go on sale July 25.


Nissan plans to a total of seven electric in addition to the Leaf in the six years to 2016. It is targeting sales of 1.5 electric vehicles over the six years along with its partner, Renault SA. (RNO)

In addition to serving as an emergency source, electric vehicles can conserve energy during demand times, Nissan’s said.

“They can store during the night, when is low, and that stored can be used at peak time,” said. “The battery’s to store power adds to the car even when it’s not

The Leaf’s lithium-ion batteries, by battery maker Automotive Supply Corp. a venture Nissan and NEC Corp. take eight hours to be fully to 24 kilowatt hours. A full can power the car for an estimated 200 kilometers, to Nissan.

The company plans to making batteries for the Leaf in Tennessee. and Sunderland, England. year. It will start them in Portugal in 2013 and plans production in France. aims to make 500,000 a year by 2015.

“The Leaf already has the to supply all the electricity you need for a household for two days,” Watanabe “Customers can expect more that in the new cars to come.”

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