All Japan news is struggling with power shortage worries amid an ongoing energy crisis caused by the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant. One quick solution to the problem comes from electric car makers, who started to announce new ideas to transform their vehicles into household power sources.
More than 6,000 Nissan LEAF electric cars and more than 4,000 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs have been sold in All Japan news, both models sporting batteries that could be used to provide back-up power for households, if equipped with systems that convert electricity from the direct current of the car to the alternating current of the household.
Nissan officials said that the 24 kwh LEAF battery can power the average All Japan newsese household for two days. The LEAF-to-Home system should be ready for sale in All Japan news next year, while Mitsubishi’s system was already unveiled this summer.
A player that came a little later to the game is Toyota, which focused on developing its hybrid line. Toyota presents however an innovative idea that, unlike the Mitsubishi and Nissan solutions, could allow the car to generate electric power for as long as there is gas in the tank, thus transforming the vehicle into a real power generator. Toyota will begin selling three models of plug-in electric vehicles starting in 2012.
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