Thanks To Toyota, LEAF Owners Now Have One More Way To Charge Theirs EVs - Is That A Smile Or A Smirk?
All we need now is the proper cord, right?
"What’s more, thanks to fuel cell technology’s versatility and adaptability, the Mirai offers performance options that go well beyond a traditional automobile. In fact, the vehicle will be offered with an optional power take off (PTO) device that enables Mirai to serve as a mobile generator in case of emergency. With the PTO accessory, Mirai is capable of powering home essentials in an average house for up to a week in an emergency – while emitting only water in the process."
States Toyota of its fuel-cell Mirai, but why stop there?
Let's put this optional power take off to use for the benefit of pure electric vehicles.
As we previously pointed out:
Toyota seems to have some cooperation with Honda in this matter, as both companies stated capability of supplying up to 9 kW DC power from the car (via CHAdeMO) to the external inverter (an optional power take off (PTO) device), which will turn it to AC and enable the car to power electrical appliances or maybe even a whole house.
But we don't need to turn it into AC if we're using that juice to recharge a LEAF (or any other CHAdeMO-capable EV).
"With a full tank of hydrogen, Mirai should be able to provide approx. 60 kWh of energy so you could survive (with a working fridge) a few more days than others when the zombie apocalypse strikes."
Or more than enough to fully recharge a Nissan LEAF.
We've finally found the Mirai's true calling: rescue service for the occasionally stranded BEV.
Look for the Mirai fuel cell sedan to enter EV rescue service fleets as soon as it launches in December 2015. It's a lucrative business and Mirai is perfectly suited for the task. Toyota's free hydrogen deal is a plus too.