Batteries Mitsubishi i-MiEV power BOX

Published on March 16th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen


More than a Car: The i-MiEV Is a Mobile Power Source

March 16th, 2012 by  

Mitsubishi i-MiEV power BOX

The recent anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster in Japan has prompted many people there (or at least the ones I know) to take a look at what resources they have on hand, and how they could be used in the event of another catastrophic power failure. Mitsubishi, at least, has some sort of answer — and it involves the super-cute all-electric i-MiEV.

Available as an option to new car buyers (and presumably existing i-MiEV owners as well) through its dealers on April 27, 2012 is the MiEV power BOX. It’s a relatively small and rather inconspicuous little white box, as its name might suggest. It plugs into the i-MiEV’s quick-charge outlet, and pulls electricity right from the battery. It then converts the electricity to AC 100V, with up to 1500W available.

How Much Power Is in an EV, Exactly?

According to the i-MiEV’s specifications, the lithium-ion battery pack, when 100% charged, has 16kWh. Attach the MiEV power BOX to the fully-charged battery, run it continuously at its full 1500W capacity, and between 5 and 6 hours of power should be available. Mitsubishi thinks that will run the typical Japanese household for about a day.

The MiEV power BOX is available through Mitsubishi dealers in Japan for 149,800 yen, or about $1821 USD (according to the exchange rate at 5pm on Monday, March 12). Mitsubishi has also announced this via its new Facebook page, where it has just started informing fans and potential customers of new developments.

The MiEV power BOX is definitely not a cheap option to get, but it’s very simple and very effective; it makes it that much easier to use the i-MiEV as an incredibly versatile and mobile power source. It also highlights one of the many things I love about electric cars — it’s more than just a car.

Questions or comments? Please let us know below.

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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.

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  • For that price it might be better to get a solar panel, a 12V DC cooler which can be less than $150, and a few other DC items such as LED lamps. This would be cheaper and has the advantage of being useful for camping, picnics, cherry blossom festivals and so on.

    • 1500 watts is the power that 6.5 solar panels puts out…..with inverters and hardware and labor, that’s about $6000 @ $4 per watt…..a median price

  • Scottrockberg

    1,500 watts available is pretty good. You could run your average american fridge on that! Every time i read a story on the i-miev, i’m extremely tempted to just say f*** it and buy one! Great info. Keep it coming!

  • Temo945

    What we need to do is replicate the Tesla car, he did not need none of these
    batteries to operate his full size car.

  • electric38

    Where’s the solar charger? This would insure additional power as long as the sun is shining. Having a quick change ability might allow a consumer the luxury of owning 2, eliminating the charge waiting time.

    • Probably best to put the solar on the roof of your house.

  • Captivation

    Fantastic news. For the right person this car would let you drive to your cabin in the woods, power your appliances there over the weekend, and then go home without every having to be on the grid. Granted, if the distance was great, you might have to stop for a quick recharge or two, but the idea still works and future batteries will simply have more range.

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