This Mitsubishi Concept Car Aims To Use The Vehicle As Power Source For Homes

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Your home suddenly experiences a blackout along with the rest of your neighborhood, but you’re not worried because luckily, you can power your house using your car.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation made the global debut of its Dendo Drive House today at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. Along with that, Mitsubishi also debuted the Engelberg Tourer.

Mitsubishi Motors is starting to give more value to the electric vehicle market with the Dendo Drive House.

The Dendo Drive House is a smart home that the company suggests as an “ecosystem solution for your home and vehicle.” It generates energy through the featured solar panels, and stores and shares them either in the home battery or in the car battery.

The home battery is automatically shared through its bi-directional chargers that lets power flow from your home to your car, or from your vehicle to your home — depending on the economics and which needs the power most. 

Moreover, it also works without buying a battery-electric (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) from Mitsubishi Motors.

Mitsubishi Motors claims that energy generated from solar panels can be shared efficiently for household use. During the evenings, the energy stored in the home battery and PHEV can be used, allowing consumers to save more money.

The Dendo Drive House is starting a movement of making the modern household to become less dependen on grid-living.

Also, Mitsubishi is not the only company to have considered using a bi-directional car charger at home. Mitsubishi parent, Nissan, is also experimenting with the technology, which sometimes referred to as “vehicle-to-grid,” or “V2G” for short. 

In the UK, the energy supplier OVO announced a (V2G) trial last year, although it lacked the home battery portion of Mitsubishi’s system; Tesla’s original Roadster also supported the functionality before its removal in later models, and last year, its CEO Elon Musk mused that the company could bring it back in the future.

However, while OVO’s system has only been offered on a trial basis to 1,000 households, and Tesla’s plans are currently just theoretical, Mitsubishi Motors plans to start providing the service initially in Japan and Europe later this year.

Don’t expect the system to come cheap, however. The bi-directional charger itself could cost as much as €10,000 (although Mitsubishi says it hopes to be able to sell it more cheaply), and you’ll also need to pay for the solar panels, home battery, and mandatory professional installation.

The Dendo Drive House system will be available in Mitsubishi Motors distributors this year and comes with installation and after-buy maintenance, and as always, manual installation is not allowed.

On the other hand, Mitsubishi Motors also launched the Engelberg Tourer, a next-generation crossover SUV with a twin motor 4WD and is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Named after the Swiss ski resort that offers challenging off-piste runs that offer freestyle and freeriding fun for skiers and snowboarders, the vehicle provides high levels of running performance that allows the driver to enjoy driving in all weather conditions and on any road surface with confidence. 

The Engelberg Tourer features Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), which continually adjusts electronic driving aids like ABS, traction control, and stability control to help keep the driver from crashing. The plug-in hybrid SUV can drive up to 70 kilometers (43 miles) on electricity alone, using the European WLTP test cycle, according to Mitsubishi.

However, as of now, the Engelberg remains to be a concept car. Some critics say it looks like a futuristic version of the Montero SUV, which like all of Mitsubishi’s best models, got discontinued. Mitsubishi previously hinted at a Montero replacement with the Concept GC-PHEV and GT-PHEV, but neither made it to production.

The Engelberg Tourer, then, is a typical Mitsubishi concept car. It looks cool and has some neat tech features, but it probably won’t go into production. Mitsubishi is steadily improving its actual production cars.

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