In 2011 a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, killing more than 20,000, destroying the power grid and bringing the Japanese auto industry to its knees. Toyota’s rebuilt production plant in the hard-hit Miyagi prefecture now has a gas-fired power plant on site, with enough juice to power the nearby town in case of another disaster.
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With the NHTSA probing the Chevy Volt’s battery pack for fire problems, and Fisker recalling its first 50 cars over cooling issues, there are a lot of questions about the safety of big car batteries. Well Nissan has some answers, thanks to two-dozen LEAF electric vehicles that were ravaged by the devastating earthquake and tsunami […]
The advantages of electric cars are piling up as consumers and automakers alike come to realize just how versatile a giant battery on wheels can be. Nissan has unveiled an entire scale model of a Japanese home that the Leaf electric car can power for about two days.
After observing how customers used hybrids after a major disaster, Toyota has decided to start offering its Prius hybrid models with AC outlets to power home appliances beginning next year.
I often rail against the needlessly complicated and long supply chains that source today’s automobiles from around the globe. The recent double tragedy in Japan of the earthquake and tsunami highlights just how easily that chain can be broken. First off, my heart goes out to those who have lost family and friends in this […]