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EVs become ‘running’ power supply / Products tap car battery to power everything from camping equipment to homes

The use of electric vehicles (EVs) as a “running” power source is spreading, with many people using them to provide electricity to lighting and household appliances. They can also serve as a power supply for camping and during times of disaster.

It is necessary to purchase new equipment to use an EV as a power supply. Despite the high price tag, however, automakers have seen strong sales of such equipment among EV owners.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. started selling its MiEV Power Box in April. The unit, which costs 149,800 yen, runs power from an EV to home appliances. Already, 600 have been sold, against an annual target of 1,000. Demand was so high at one point that it surpassed production capacity.

A public relations official for the company said, “[The equipment] was so popular it was like the EV’s main function as a car was an added bonus.”
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