As anyone who's suffered through an extended blackout can tell you, electric power can be a precious commodity. With the advent of electric cars comes the ability to borrow back some of the energy stored in traction batteries to help deal with emergencies or other situations.

Mitsubishi's MiEV power BOX - soon become available as a dealer option – does just that, at least for Japanese customers. The 1500-watt AC power supply offers a single 15 amp outlet that will allow a fully charged i-MiEV or MINICAB-MiEV to dish out electrons constantly for somewhere between five and six hours. According to the company, that's about the same amount of electricity as an average Japanese household might consume in a day.

The suggested price for the the MiEV power BOX reminds us that peace of mind is not necessarily inexpensive. Available as of the 27th of April, the "power feeder" will set buyers back ¥149,800 ($1,801.57 U.S. at today's exchange rates). Yeah, ouch.
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Mitsubishi Motors to Launch MiEV Power BOX 1500 Watt Power Feeder for its Electric Vehicles

Tokyo, March 9, 2012 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today that it will bring to market on April 27 the new MiEV power BOX power feeder which is capable of supplying large amounts of electrical power from an electric vehicle (EV). Supplied by a Mitsubishi Group affiliate, the MiEV power BOX will be offered as a dealer option for the company's i-MiEV *1 and MINICAB-MiEV EVs and will carry a manufacturer's recommended tax-inclusive price of \149,800.
*1: Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle

The MiEV power BOX is an adapter that plugs into the i-MiEV or MINICAB-MiEV's quick charging connector and is capable of supplying up to 1500 watts of AC electricity from the power stored in the vehicle's drive battery. It has been designed mainly to power household electrical appliances either when away from home or in an emergency. When connected to a fully-charged 16.0 kWh battery-equipped model the MiEV power BOX can supply 1500 watts of power for between five and six hours, equivalent to the amount consumed by an average Japanese household in a single day.

Much attention is currently being focused on the storage capabilities of high capacity EV batteries as a power source for use in major disasters and other emergencies. This comes at a time when solar power, wind power, and other recyclable energy sources are being promoted and the near-future implementation of "smart grids" which will allow the more effective use of electrical power. More and more people are looking to the EV both in terms of its traditional role of addressing environmental issues and also as a means of addressing ever-growing pressures on the demand and supply of energy. To meet these expectations MMC is pushing forward research and development into related technologies, one of which is the MiEV power BOX.

MiEV power BOX specifications

External dimensions (not including projections)
395mm x 334mm x 194mm
Connecting cable length
1.7m
Weight
11.5kg (unit 9.5kg, cable 2kg)
Voltage
100V AC
Max. power output
1500W (15Amp)
Output terminals (100V AC socket)
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      Tysto
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never understood why gas cars couldn't be used as generators with an inexpensive add-on. Makes even better sense for an EV.
        leong
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tysto
        because you don't want to run it in your closed door garage during winter storm.
          Tysto
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leong
          If you are a teenager, please look up "gasoline-powered generator." Otherwise, please look up "joke." Either way, you will learn something new about how things work.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a person who lives in Florida, this is a nifty feature. My houses were mighty uncomfortable when Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne hit. Obviously one could get a good generator for $1,800, but not one I could drive to the store. Also, I would see going someone that DID have power, charging up (and freeloading for a bit, or am I being redundant?) and then going home with more power. Chevy needs to do that with the Volt. Let the engine run and then basically have it go I reverse through some outlet. Then I not only save e planet, but can make cold drinks as well.
        noevfud
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        For $1800 you can get two (2) quiet Honda 2K inverter generators, that is far more than 1500 watts. Run them on propane and they are clean and will run a long time. At this price I would expect 3Kw, 1500 watts for that price is too much.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @noevfud
          But you can't drive your generator to he store....although, if you have an electric car...uh oh, circular argument...
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Since it uses the J1772 plug, there shouldn't be a reason it wouldn't work on any EV/PHEV! If it were half the price, I would get one for my Volt.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Very true. Something like this is going to be a great addition for EVs, especially for places like Hawaii, Japan, or any places where whether or natural disasters can be a problem.
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Gas Generators Stink and are Loud. If your electricity is out for a short period of time, this is an excellent solution.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Expensive at first. Mitsu's plug-in SUV concept had it integrated into the car. If this was a $1k option that was integrated into the car - they'd sell a ton - who wouldn't want a temporary back up to keep your fridge cold while the power is out on the rare times it is (or any other use). Hopefully their Outlander plug-in SUV with 30 mile range that is to be released in 2013 comes with this integrated - very cool.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi should build electric panel vans with this built in. It would be very useful for craftsmen, plumbers, utility workers, etc to have access to a decent amount of electric power for tools and job-site equipment.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Yea, good point Spec. Chevy once built a hybrid Silverado PU with outlets to run a power saw. They advertised it briefly. With the correct adaptation I don't see why one EV could not rescue another. Plug in and spark up the dead EV with it's on board charger and start *******.
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Wow, weird how they deleted the word suck and then ing off the end of my comment. Nothing F rated about it at all. Oh well, preempted by the automatic editor robot. Yea Ezee, electric airplanes that refuel in flight and the airline does not have to tell anyone when their refueling. The planes should not have windows to make it easier. Yes, "and now their is life in the dead". "Spark the Dead program, what is your emergency?" EV down, EV down, I think I, I say I think I run my car out of juice, come to the corner of Prescott and 83 rd. "Attention, Attention, we have a EV down at the corner of 83rd and Prescott, any available resuscitation units in the area, please respond."
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          'Spark up the dead.' Dude...copyright that... Can you imagine the in-flight recharging idea, but you say that when you arrive? 'An old lady is stuck by the side of the road in her Mitsubishi. Grab the cables, and let's spark up the dead.' Global warming would stop and the world would freeze over from that much cool.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        It needs a bigger battery though. They are not going to be able to drive home after using the power.
          noevfud
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          1.5kw. An hour use will use about that. Big deal.
          Chris M
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Agree to that. the iMiev battery is on the smallish side. Now an EV with 30 Kwh or more in storage could provide power for a full workday and still have enough left for the average commute. Alternatively, a plug-in hybrid approach could also work.
        noevfud
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Toyota Tacoma trucks with sport package have one built in and a 120v plug in the bed running off the crappy 12V supply. With pack voltage like this is would cost even less and that is standard on the truck.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      japanese household uses 15kWh per day? maybe they could limit the dryer use during power outs. a house with efficient lighting and computers should be able to run for a week on that pack including cooking.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Nissan reckon it is a bit lower, as they say their pack can power the average Japanese home for two days: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-nissan-electric-car-power-family.html Here is an article on electricity use in Japan: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/business/energy-environment/japan-gets-electricity-wake-up-call.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all Japan is surprisingly suitable for the use of solar power, as there is a much smaller peak in the winter through the use of heating than in the summer with air conditioning. This means that several GWs of solar could reasonably be deployed, Take them off roofs in Germany, where they are a disaster, and send them to Japan. Of course, that would never work, so the German's are stuck with having spend $136 billion to provide 0.3% of their power.
          Domenick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Solar now provides 3% of Germany's power, not .03 % and reached 25 GW last year, not an insignificant amount.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want this for my hybrid!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did their thinking cut both ways so this unit can be charged in the home and plugged into the car when charge is low to boost the car during a trip. Worth double the money if it does.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's not a battery, just a high voltage inverter. It can't store energy for the car, and the car already has its own charge controller onboard.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm going to give that sub-editor a peace of my mind about checking spelling.....;-)
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      So could you use this box to give a fellow EV driver a "jump" to boost its battery pack enough to make it another 5 miles or to a nearby location where it could be charged?
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Whoa....brainstorm. Think air force with in flight refueling. Pull up, connect a long cord between the cars, then they BOTH DRIVE HOME! Yes, I yelled that because it is just SO COOL.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          It's still a charge, noevfud :) You could get enough power to putz along for a few more miles..
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @2wheel Thumbs up for putzing!
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          No! In flight recharging because it is SO COOL! I will not hear otherwise. Spare me your 'science' and your 'facts!' Coolness shall not be denied.
          noevfud
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Think WRONG. That is not going to happen. It is a 120V inverter not a DC/DC quick charge. Use the Google folks and learn about how an EV works before commenting. Jeeze!
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          The Genset trailer interface of the Tzero did that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genset_trailer And yes, it would be awesome to have such interfaces and such rental trailers available. These are cool things that are possible when the EV market gets big enough.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Technically, yes, although it's only level 1 charging. But it might be more efficient to just have one car tow the other, provided it didn't have to tow too far.
        noevfud
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        That makes not sense. Convert from DC to AC then back to DC. Loss, Loss, Loss. Just make a direct Chademo to Chademo connector with control to do a direct fast charge with minimal loss. This is a basic low power inverter, not a break through or big deal but certainly over priced.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh yeah? i've got a 120v DC power supply capable of dumping out 100A comfortably on one of my eBikes. Just need to turn that into alternating current.... ( RC Lipo packs freaking rock ) Get out of here with that weak sauce, Mitsubishi!
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