Mitsubishi to market Dendo Drive House solution
Starting this summer in Japan, Mitsubishi Motors will put the Dendo Drive House on the market. This solution combines solar panels, a home battery, and a bi-directional charger with a Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle. It should arrive in Germany by 2020. Belgian importer Beherman has started discussions to launch it that same year.
“Everyone is talking about electromobility. But, the car is just the tip of the iceberg. What is interesting is what lies beneath the water line,” declares Daniel Nacass, communication manager for Mitsubishi Motors Europe. “If you connect 8.000 Outlander PHEV models to the grid, you get a total power of one Gigawatt or the equivalent of a small nuclear power plant,” he adds.
Dendo Drive House
Mitsubishi Motors presented the Dendo Drive House concept at the last Geneva Motor Show. While it has nothing revolutionary, this vehicle-to-grid (V2G) solution shows enormous potential. “The DDH will allow clients to charge their cars at home and/or to power their home from their car’s battery,” explains the carmaker.
The idea is simple. The battery from the car, as well as the one located in the house, is used to store the excess energy created by the solar panels. At night, the bi-directional charger can power the different house’s ancillaries and then charge up the car for the morning commute.
Belgian market opportunity
According to the Japanese carmaker, return on investment should happen in six to nine years. Compared to Tesla or Renault, Mitsubishi is sure to be one step ahead. “We’ve got less of an opportunist vision. Ours is long-term. We’re aiming at integrating the electric car into the grid. We don’t just try and sell batteries,” further adds Daniel Nacass.
In Belgium, importer Beherman is interested in the idea. According to the group, the small country shows good potential for the Dendo Drive House concept. So much, so that discussions with different partners have already started. Jacques Beherman even considers showcasing it during the next Batibouw show.
But, excited clients will have to wait for two years before the fully integrated solution comes to Belgium. It’s the same for German clients. In Japan, though, Mitsubishi Motors will market the DDH starting this summer.