Hopes Growing for EVs' Role as Batteries in Emergencies

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Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)--In Japan, a country prone to natural disasters, hopes are running high for the role electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles would play as "batteries on wheels" in emergencies.

Japanese automakers are forging agreements with an increasing number of local governments to lend such automobiles for free in case of emergency.

Nissan Motor Co. <7201> concluded pacts to lend electric vehicles with Tokyo's Nerima Ward and the city of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, last September and November, respectively.

Next month, it plans to hold an event in which participants will stay overnight in electric vehicles, using electricity stored in their batteries.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211>, which signed an electric vehicle lending pact with the western prefecture of Kyoto in 2012, is positive about joining hands with other local authorities as well.

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