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Mitsubishi Motors Creates Energy Self-Sufficient Dealership

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Kyushu Mitsubishi Motors Sales Co., Ltd. are aiming to create a showroom that uses renewable energy to be self-sufficient – and can even provide a stable supply of power to electric vehicles in times of natural disaster.

The Futamatase DENDO Drive Station showroom in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, uses new large capacity solar panels and a storage battery unit to store the power generated. It started operating on December 20, 2018.

The system specification provides for the future reuse of EV and PHEV batteries, which can be incorporated into the storage unit.

The solar panels installed at the Futamatase showroom have a 30kW generating capacity, equivalent to the showroom’s average power consumption, while the battery unit can store 100kWh of electricity, equivalent to 10 days power usage in an average household.

In addition to being able to supply EV and PHEVs with electricity for charging purposes, the use of a V2H*1adapter allows the system to supply enough electricity to meet the showroom’s needs using a combination of power extracted from EV and PHEV batteries and electricity generated by the solar panels.

The project will collect a variety of data over the next year to demonstrate the viability of the solar panel and storage battery capacities and help shape future DENDO Drive Stations.