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Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) has been pretty quiet lately. Pre-Coronavirus, lots of automotive companies were working on new technology and mobility projects to get ready for the next step to take in the automotive industry after alternative fuel vehicles and self-driving autonomous cars. A mobile ecosystem is next on the list, offering every consumer some form of transportation. All of that took a step back when COVID-19 shut down automotive manufacturing plants for months, and the reduction in sales automakers forced many of them to shelve new concepts and tech development and focus on releasing new vehicles. With Renault and Nissan behind Mitsubishi Motors in the Renault-Nissan-Alliance, the sister company, Mitsubishi Electric, is able to stay focused on its tasks – like the construction of possibly the world’s first net zero-energy building (ZEB).
The term a “zero-energy building” should ring a couple of bells. During the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi showcased the Dendo Drive House. This house is the residential version of a Building Energy Management System (BEMS). With a focus on consumer use, the Dendo Drive House (DDH) is outfitted with solar panels, converts solar energy into electricity, and then stores it in a battery that can power an entire home. Excess energy can be redirected into a plug-in hybrid to not only charge the vehicle but act as a portable energy unit. A lot of these developments came from the success of a neutral energy project between Mitsubishi Motors, Hitachi Europe Ltd., and ENGIE, the owner of a BEMS in France. Following the same formula as this project, the DDH was born.
Mitsubishi Motors couldn’t keep a lid on it when it came to their spotlight at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. They had new models and concepts, like the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the new crossover with an interesting name, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer. Mitsubishi also has a few technology exhibits, one of which includes new connectivity in their vehicles, but the one that’s really getting our attention is the Dendo Drive House.
The Future is Here
Yes, we did talk a little about the Dendo Drive House (DDH) when the promo first went live. Mitsubishi came out with another promo for the Geneva Motor Show and we can now see all the benefits and glory of the DDH. Think about it. Everyone is trying to find new ways to go green and be eco-friendly. Even automakers are looking into alternative fuel vehicles while keeping costs down and extending the range of the vehicle. Many automakers and technology companies want to allow consumers to connect their smartphone, house, and car together.
The DDH is taking that in a more literal sense with a clean and green ecosystem. Serving first and foremost as a house, the DDH can generate, store, and share solar-power-converted electric energy. It can do this because it is equipped with solar panels that can then store the collected energy into one of two batteries – a large home battery or a car battery. No, not the car battery, but the kind of battery one would find in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. With Mitsubishi Motors behind the DDH, one can guess where this is going.
Heads up, because the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has let loose a bunch of information on what they’re bringing to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a hot new press release. We’re talking new concept models, new technology, and ground-breaking stuff. Mitsubishi Electric surprised it with some of the tech they’re working on at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show and autonomous technology. Now, Mitsubishi Motors is going to be showcasing the results of their 2018 neutral-energy project.
Fruits of their Labor
Can we just say we called this? Back when we talked about the partnership between Mitsubishi Motors, Hitachi Europe, and ENGIE, they were working on renewable energy, also known as recycled energy that could be used, collected, stored, and used again. All three had a part to play in this project: ENGIE had designed their headquarters office building in La Défense, France as a Building Energy Management System (BEMS), Hitachi brought vehicle-to-everything V2X charger, and Mitsubishi Motors used the Outlander PHEV.
Renewable energy. Is it really worth the investment, does it even make a difference? Earlier this year, (2018) Mitsubishi Motors worked with ENGIE and Hitachi Europe, Ltd. on a project to create renewable energy. By creating a system for renewable energy, the objective seemed to be complete and the project was successful. Following this, the opportunities that were now open to businesses, maybe even homeowners, began to flow. To find how well the renewable energy system worked and the benefits of implementing such a new project, Mitsubishi Electric did some coding and crunched some numbers.
Without going too much into the renewable energy system developed by Mitsubishi Motors, ENGIE, and Hitachi Europe, the design is pretty simple. To accomplish renewable energy, one needs a power source and a place to store excess power for later use. ENGIE is a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) outfitted with solar panels that collect and store energy in the building’s electric grid for use throughout the day. The sun and ENGIE supply the power source.
Mitsubishi Motors has been making headlines and causing quite the buzz in the auto industry ever since Mitsubishi hooked up with the Renault-Nissan alliance and released the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Now that the Eclipse Cross is being sold at dealerships around America, Mitsubishi and its respective factions (Mitsubishi Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy) can focus on developing better technology, such as autonomous self-driving vehicles, artificially intelligent smart devices, and ways to develop renewable, clean energy. Well, it seems like that last one is closer to becoming a reality than we think. Due to a recent partnership, Mitsubishi Motors may have developed a platform for renewable energy.
What is Renewable Energy?
In layman’s terms, renewable energy is, in a sense, recycled energy. Energy is used, collected, restored, and used again, repeat. That’s what Mitsubishi is aiming to do in a partnership with Hitachi Europe Ltd. and ENGIE. Together, an automaker, a consumer technology and electronics company, and a French multinational electric utility company find a way to obtain renewable energy.