Mitsubishi V2G to light up your home at dusk
Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi is going to commercialize its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) solution and make the hybrid Outlander PHEV a backup battery for solar panels and to light up your home at dusk when needed. In Japan Mitsubishi is rolling out the system in May, Germany will soon follow.
The system will cost an estimated 20.000 to 27.000 euro on top, compared to a classic Mitsubishi Outlander with a combustion engine. Cost-effectiveness has to come merely from saving on fuel costs and backed-up solar panel electricity in six to nine years. Selling your electricity back to a ‘smart grid’ isn’t quite obvious yet in Europe.
Nissan Leaf first
Norway, Denmark and Germany are on the forefront of allowing owners of an electric car to give power to the grid when there is a shortage. The combined power of the batteries of the electric car fleet can help to keep the power grid in balance.
The Nissan Leaf II was the first to get the authorization of German authorities to be linked to the public electricity grid for uploading (V2G) as from 2019. In Germany especially larger fleet owners with more than sixty cars are taken into account to deliver a back-up.
No clear view on regulations
“On the long term, the goal is to connect our electric vehicles to the grid”, Daniel Georges Nacasse, PR director Mitsubishi Europe tells L’Avenir. “Cars are standing still unused 95% of the time. We want to use that time to integrate our batteries in the global energy system, for a house, a building or a city.”
“Today we have no clear view on the regulations in different countries. So for the moment we let the vehicle-to-grid aspect aside. But it is no reason not to commercialize the possibility to use your car as a back-up battery for your home right away”, Nacasse adds.
Typhoons and earthquakes
In Japan black-outs due to typhoons or earth quakes are rather common, so a back-up solution for electricity from the car in your garage is welcome. The 10 kWh battery of the Mitsubishi Outlander can deliver emergency power for the home for two days when needed.
And while the car is a rechargeable hybrid, it can be used as a generator up to ten days with its petrol engine to deliver electricity, Takashi Hiromatsu, who is responsible for the ‘electric solutions’ at Mitsubishi, explains.
Back-up for solar panels
For those having solar panels, it can be used to back up excess electricity when the sun is shining and production is high, to be used after dusk for lighting up your home, for instance. Mitsubishi promises its system will be compatible with all solar panel systems. But the technology is proprietary and only to be used with the Mitsubishi, not with other electric car brands.
Mitsubishi has sold some 190.000 Outlander PHEV models worldwide so far, of which 125.000 in Europe. The model was very popular in the Netherlands, due to favourable taxation in the past, but sales dropped to nearly zero when the government scrapped the subsidies.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV became too expensive for the average Dutch, even second-hand ones, and they were sold massively abroad. The same is happening with second-hand Teslas today.