[TMS] Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid Supplies Electricity to Home

Oct 22, 2009
Naoshige Shimizu, Nikkei Electronics
The PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept car
The PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept car
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The hybrid system of the PX-MiEV
The hybrid system of the PX-MiEV
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Mitsubishi Motors Corp exhibited the PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept car that can provide electricity to a house at Tokyo Motor Show 2009, which opens to the public from Oct 24 through Nov 4, 2009.

With the concept of "V2H (vehicle to home)," the vehicle can supply 100V electricity stored in its on-board lithium-ion batteries to electric appliances in a house. Mitsubishi Motors has yet to determine when it will commercialize the vehicle.

"It is possible to charge the batteries at night, when electricity is cheaper, and use it for home appliances during daytime," the company said.

Mitsubishi Motors said that the capacity of the lithium-ion batteries is a little smaller than that of the i-MiEV electric car (16kWh). So, it is probably a little larger than 10kWh. And the company claims that the batteries of the PX-MiEV can provide almost all the electricity used in a normal household per day.