Next gen showrooms can supply power during disasters, emergencies

    An example of the Dendo Drive Showroom in Japan
    An example of the Dendo Drive Showroom in Japan

    ELECTRIFIED vehicles are the next step in mobility. They have developed from simple transporters into power generators, using the batteries that drive them to create electricity that can be fed back into the grid.

    Called the Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) system, specific Mitsubishi EV and PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) can be used to help stabilize the local electricity supply grid and even provide electricity after a natural disaster or power outage when connected to the Dendo Drive Station.

    In addition to charging vehicles, this type of showroom allows the EV/PHEV’s battery to provide power to the building in times of high demand or an emergency. The building will then switch to charging the car at times of low grid demand, or when renewable energy production is at a peak. This has major benefits for the grid and provides cheaper, sustainable power.

    The Dendo Drive Station is an energy technology implementation that uses a solar power system to energize its showrooms as well as to supply electricity from EV/PHEVs on display at the showroom. Since Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (Japan) opened the first one in Tokyo in 2016, it has so far set-up 79 Dendo Drive Station showrooms throughout Japan.

    Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with five of its dealers, Union Motor Corporation, Fast Autoworld Philippines Corporation, Motorplaza Inc., SFM Sales Corporation and Mindanao Integrated Commercial Enterprises Inc. to roll out the next-generation Dendo Drive Station showrooms in their respective territories.

    “Similar to Japan, the Philippines is a country that often experiences many natural disasters,” Osamu Masuko, MMC’s chairman of the board said. South Luzon is currently experiencing the aftermath of the eruption of Taal Volcano over the weekend, which had caused power outages and lack of water and food supplies.

    “I believe with the technology of the Dendo Drive Station, communities will be provided with a dependable self-sustaining power source that does not only generate efficient energy supply but also serves as a reliable electrical source during emergency power shortage,” Masuko added.

    With MMC’s support, MMPC aims to open Dendo Drive Stations in 5 regions in the Philippines.

    The showrooms are also in preparation of the coming of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to the Philippines by the end of 2020.

    Though the primary purpose of solar panel sourced-power is to fill-in all the dealership’s energy needs, or supplement power to the building in times of high demand, it can also feed power into the grid when the supply is high and demand is low (such as on a weekend) or during an emergency.

    Mitsubishi intends to contribute to the local community through the disaster prevention awareness activities at dealerships.

    The Outland PHEV is expected to be sold in the Philippines and represents the accumulation of MMC’s decades of engineering breakthroughs. It offers a combination of low environmental impact, Super-All Wheel Control active safety, proven reliability and low operating costs.

    Since its official global launch in 2013, the electric hybrid SUV has been rolled out to more than 50 countries, with global sales reaching more than 200,000 units. The company’s flagship plug-in hybrid has become the world’s best-selling PHEV. It has a unique architecture consisting of a front and rear electric motor with no gearbox. This translates into benefits for drivers that include significantly reduced weight for greater fuel efficiency, a simpler vehicle layout and smoother driving.