The next step in home energy systems are homes that integrate solar power with energy storage, electric vehicle charging and a vehicle that can also provide backup energy to the home If needed. Mitsubishi has introduced its take on this with the new Dendo Drive House concept.
The Japanese car maker and appliance giant introduced its new concept at the Geneva International Motor Show today (March 8), alongside its new Engelberg Tourer, a twin motor 4WD plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) crossover. The vehicle could both be charged by the house and could provide power to the house when it needs it.
“The Dendo Drive House (DDH) is a packaged system comprised of an EV/PHEV, a bi-directional charger, solar panels, and home battery that is designed for home use. This is a one-stop-shop service to be available at MMC dealerships in select markets around the world that will bundle the sale, installation and after-maintenance of the system components,” Mitsubishi explained.
While others have offered parts of the solution, there have likely been no complete offers that integrate all three. One of the more unique components is a bi-directional charger that will power the vehicle and can also use the vehicle to power the house.
There are few options like this available. Currently Nissan and Fermata Energy are test-piloting a somewhat similar system with the Nissan Leaf—supposedly the only bi-directional capable EV that’s currently on the market—in Tennessee and California. That system can use the Leaf to provide energy to a home or even put electricity back on the electric.
The new Engelberg Tourer uses a 2.4 liter gasoline engine that’s designed for the PHEV system. It can serve as a high-output generator to power the electric motor and charge its batteries. Since the Tourer can also be charged and use a bi-directional charger, it could be used to provide energy to the DDH home system if the power is out.
The DDH system can also help reduce the costs of energy to power a home by charging the home and EV battery either via the solar panels or the grid when energy costs are lower, like at night.Tweet