Japanese automaker Mitsubishi announced a few days ago that it plans to develop a device that will enable the owners of its i-MiEV electric car to generate electricity for their domestic appliances using only the vehicle’s battery.
Mitsubishi also claims that the 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack will be capable of generating enough energy to power an average Japanese household for almost a day and a half.
The device works exactly like computer UPS power supplies. It is equipped with a 100-volt AC outlet able to deliver up to 15 amps, enough to even power a washing machine, not to mention radios or laptops.
According to the Mitsubishi, the new device could be used as an option for future owners to power their home from the car in an emergency situation. It can provide electricity even if the car is switched off, thus eliminating the need to keep it physically switched on.