Mitsubishi Motors unveiled a power feeding function that uses the rechargeable battery of the "i-MiEV" electric vehicle (EV) to power home electric appliances July 6, 2011.
It converts the direct-current voltage of the battery into 100V alternating-current voltage. It can deal with 1.5kW electricity, and the vehicle can be used as an emergency power source in case of a disaster. Mitsubishi Motors plans to commercialize the function within fiscal 2011.
A power converter is attached to the rapid charging port of the i-MiEV. The converter has power outlets for home electric appliances. The vehicle and the converter communicate with each other via the "CAN" automotive LAN. And they exchange information about, for example, the start of charging. The price of the converter has not been determined yet.
To use the power feeding function, it is necessary to make changes to the software installed in the i-MiEV and some parts of the vehicle. Therefore, in regard to the release of the power converter, Mitsubishi Motors said, "We have to come up with a method that enables the existing i-MiEV users to use the function."