Wednesday, February 2, 2011

No. 236: Charge your EV while it is in a multilevel parking garage (February 2, 2011)

You can charge your electric vehicles (EV) or plug-in-hybrid vehicle (PHV) in a multilevel parking garage while you are doing shopping. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries installed charging equipment to the existing multilevel parking garage at the request of a famous shopping street in Yokohama. It has a space for four EVs, and the equipment charges EV in two hours. A two-hour charge allows an EV to run for 20-40 km. The driver can charge his EV by connecting the cable beside the parking space to his EV. The shopping street, which operates this multilevel parking garage, bears the charging cost. It costs one million yen per space for an EV to construct a new multilevel parking garage of this type. As consumers get access to charging equipment easily in daily life, the spread of the next-generation ecologically-friend vehicles is supposed to gain momentum. Mitsubishi Heavy plans to market this multilevel parking garage nationwide.

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