Electric cars are known to save on gas, but can they also be used to power electrical appliances during a blackout? Well strange as that may sound, that is precisely what electric car owners living in Japan did with their vehicles when the infamous earthquake and tsunami rocked their country a couple of years ago. Of course, the resourcefulness of these electric car owners was not lost on Mitsubishi and Nissan motor engineers, who are looking at expanding the 100 watt discharge capacity of their present vehicles to allow them to increase their output to a hefty 1,500 watts of electrical juice. With this new capability, electric car salesmen hope to expand their market to campers, outdoorsmen and other folks who might look at their car beyond just its usefulness in driving.
March 8, 2013 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.