The recent devastating earth and tsunami combo that hit Japan earlier this year proved one thing – you can never predict nature, er, predictably, and sometimes even the best man-made defensive structures amount to nought when it comes to the fury of nature. Well, in disasters such as those, there is always a huge issue concerning power – which is why Mitsubishi has sped up their release schedule by a year for a device which will enable i-MiEV owners to power their electric appliances at home via the EV’s battery just in case they find themselves out of power. We do understand that this will come in handy only when you aren’t at Ground Zero of a particular disaster – the tsunami itself should have swept away your i-MiEV when that happens, but if you happen to live some distance off the disaster area, power might still have gotten cut.
This is where your i-MiEV comes in handy, since the 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack is touted to offer supply power to an average Japanese home for almost one and a half days. Not only that, it delivers a 100-volt AC outlet that should be enough to get even a washing machine up and running, but we are quite sure that when you are stuck in an emergency situation, having clean laundry is most probably one of the last things on your mind. Said device is speculated to be released at the end of the year.