Panasonic is a growing player in the electric car
business, as the recent purchase of battery-maker Sanyo
and its partnership with Toyota
. It also at one time had big plans for 2009
. The electronics giant's latest EV
move is developing a network that allows home appliances to check on the status of your electric car. Details are pretty much nonexistent at this point. TMC
says the prototype system can use the electric cables already in your wall to send information. NetworkWorld
says the EV communication system is one of three that will be part the HD-PLC (High-Definition Powerline Communications) display during CES in Vegas later this month. Right now, I'm unconvinced that getting my microwave to beep when my electric car is done charging is all that awesome.