According to The Asahi Shimbun today, along with being environmentally friendly, fuel-cell vehicles are also being souped up by Japanese automakers to serve as emergency power sources in the event of natural disasters.
Honda Motor Co. gave a demonstration at the recent Tokyo Motor Show of how an FCV can power home electronics and medical equipment in times of disaster when fuel for generators is in short supply.
Honda connected its new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle to a Power Exporter 9000, a rectangular external power feeding device recently developed by Honda, which can provide electricity to an average household for about seven days.
Because the Power Exporter 9000 can transmit electricity in more stable waveforms than conventional power generators for home use, medical equipment and other highly delicate devices connected to the device can be operated with precision, a Honda official said.
The Power Exporter 9000 and Clarity Fuel Cell FCV will be available to the public next spring.
FCVs are considered zero-emissions vehicles because they are powered by electricity generated through a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen in the atmosphere and emit water instead of harmful greenhouse gases.
Automakers working on the new technologies said that FCV drivers will be able to hook up their eco-friendly cars to an external power feeding device at emergency evacuation centers to provide electricity for heating and lighting.
Toyota Motor Corp. has also enabled its Mirai, an FCV that has been commercially available since the end of 2014, to provide electricity the car has generated through an external power feeding device for use at homes.
At the Tokyo Motor Show, which ended on 8 Nov. Toyota also unveiled its FCV Plus, a concept car that can share power it has stored with other eco-friendly vehicles.
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