Thursday, 1st December 2011
In Events In Japan,
Japanese car manufacturers offer solutions to global energy crisis
Japanese car manufacturers are set to showcase some innovative ways of tackling the world’s energy crisis amid the opening of the Tokyo Motor Show on December 3rd.
According to a report from BBC News, car makers have broadened their objectives to incorporate energy solutions into their designs in response to the March 11th disaster and ensuing nuclear meltdown.
Recognising that cars need to become more versatile than merely taking passengers from A to B, creators suggested ways they could be used to power electrical appliances.
Giants from Mitsubishi, Toyota and Nissan were on hand to offer insight into the ways vehicles could be used to combat a range of merging resource difficulties.
One example brought to the fore at the Smart Mobility City section of the exhibition was the way a car could be used to transport energy from one entity to another.
In this instance, an individual would park their car at their solar-panelled workplace. Energy would be transferred through the roof solar panels into the car and when the individual returns home, they could use this natural power to fuel their homes.
This is particularly relevant to developing countries which are heat rich but resource poor.
Osamu Masuko, president of Mitsubishi Motors, said: “Many people are beginning to realise that renewable energy can reside comfortably with electric vehicles,” the news provider quoted.
A more basic instance of how cars can be used to fuel household appliances came from Mr Masuko as he pressed the button to a coffeemaker to pour himself an espresso.
It was revealed the coffee machine was fed its energy through the car battery of the Mitsubishi motor.
“Without such technology, we cannot win, and we cannot protect the environment,” Mr Masuko said.
According to the Mainichi Daily, this year’s motor show will feature 176 brands from 12 countries, compared to just 129 brands in 2009.
Posted by Susan Ballion