By Anthony Capkun
January 6, 2015 – Calling it a world first for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced its Outlander PHEV is now also able to supply electrical power to the home using a V2H (vehicle-to-home) system in addition to being able to be charged from a domestic outlet.
To date, the use of a V2H system had only been approved for all-electric vehicles, says the automaker; the Outlander PHEV, however, will be treated as an all-electric vehicle because its engine does not run while connected to a V2H system. The V2H system makes it possible to use the Outlander PHEV as an emergency power source, supplying electricity stored in the vehicle’s drive battery to run domestic appliances in a power outage. As a result, both current and future owners of the Outlander PHEV will be able to use a V2H system (only on vehicles with a quick-charge socket).
Available as a factory option, a 1500W AC100V power feeder enables the Outlander PHEV to directly power electrical appliances either in emergency situations or when engaged in outdoor activities. (The power feeder supplies enough power to meet normal domestic requirements for a day from a fully charged battery, and up to 10 days of power with a full gasoline tank.)