Nissan and Mitsubishi are planning on working to develop a standard system to allow consumers to use their electric vehicles to power appliances in their home.
Following the March 11 earthquake in Japan, several hybrid Toyota vehicles were reportedly used as backup power sources. Toyota has announced that it will begin offering domestic market Priuses with AC outlets intended for that same purpose.
Nissan and Mitsubishi hope that a standarized power supply system for EVs would be used across Japan.
At the start of last month, Mitsubishi announced the adapter to make the Mitsubishi i-Miev into a power source. A month later, Nissan unveiled it’s own adapter – both of which are incompatible with each other. Someone with a Mitsubishi i-Miev could not charge an appliance with the Nissan Leaf adapter.
Since then, it has been reported that Nissan and Mitsubishi are working on a standardized adapter, although neither company has officially discussed these plans yes.
There are no announced plans to offer the home charging systems on the Mitsubishi i-Miev and Nissan Leaf for the North American market vehicles.