Mitsubishi Proves That One Mans Trash is Another Mans Treasure with Used EV Batteries

December 16th, 2019 by

Used EV Batteries

Critics from the EV community are often cynical about waste associated with used electric-car batteries. However, the recycling efforts, as well as the second use of batteries for stationary energy storage are overlooked.

Thursday, December 12, Mitsubishi announced the latest of many projects to deploy used EV batteries in buildings.

The Japanese automaker said it will partially power the Okazaki City plant, where it makes electric cars, with batteries previously used in its EVs.

The utility-scale rooftop photovoltaic system or solar-powered system, will be able to produce 3GW of power a year and store 1MWh of energy in used batteries from Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-Hybrid vehicles.

It is expected that the photovoltaic and battery-storage system will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 1,600 tons a year. The stored energy can also be used in the event of a power outage. The main purpose of this is to avoid the peak demand for power consumption at Okazaki Plant.

Not long after launching the all-electric i-MiEV car in 2009, Mitsubishi showed demonstrations and pilot projects for homes and car dealerships, all powered by EV’s and electric-car batteries. 

For the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi introduced its Dendo Drive House, an energy system allowing owners to generate and store energy automatically between their cars and home. 

May 2020 is when Mitsubishi’s project should be completed. When this happens, the solar-plus-EV-battery system will be one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic system projects in Japan.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is perfect for families that take up a bit of space. This SUV has seven seats and has also earned a Top Safety Pick and safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

It’s one of the few compact SUVs that still offer a V6 and the only one available as a plug-in hybrid EV. It also offers an impressive warranty, a wide variety of safety and infotainment features, all for the starting price of under $25,000!

Two great highlights are the Forward-Collision Mitigation and the Multiview Camera System. The FCM discerns if a frontal collision with another car or pedestrian is impending, warning the driver and automatically working the breaks to reduce the intensity of the collision or avoid the encounter all together; optional in both SEL and GT trims. The MCS gives a birds-eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings. This particular perspective allows one to see what’s from behind and also makes it much easier to park.

Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, Bluetooth, heated side mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels in base ES trims.

The SE trim includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, dual USB ports, heated front seats and push-button start.

GT models include S-AWC with a V6 engine, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, auto on-off headlights, power-folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and paddle shifters.

Also, PHEV models include DC Quick Charging capability. In the GT models, PHEV includes AC power outlets in the rear seat and cargo areas to power electric devices.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT 4WD

Mitsubishi Motors is currently selling the GT Sport Utility 4D model for $36,780. This model is made for families but a bit smaller, as it has 5 seats. It has 117 at 4500 rpm horsepower. It also has a 2.0-liter hybrid engine with 4 cylinders.

If you have any questions about this one of a kind GT, call us at (954) 492-6330 or simply chat with our representatives online.

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