Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with five of its dealers to build next-generation showrooms in the Philippines. The dealers, namely Union Motor Corporation; Fast Autoworld Philippines Corporation; Motorplaza Inc.; SFM Sales Corporation; and Mindanao Integrated Commercial Enterprises Inc. will build Dendo Drive Station-equipped showrooms to support the soon-to-be-released Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
Dendo Drive Stations are outlets that focus on electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EV/PHEV). Equipped with solar panels, bi-directional chargers, storage batteries, and inverters, it enables the charging of power to EV/PHEV by solar power generation and the feeding of power to the outlet by EV/PHEV. Aside from charging vehicles, Dendo Drive Stations also allow the EV/PHEV’s battery to provide power to the building in times of high demand or an emergency. The building will then switch to charging the car at times of low grid demand, or when renewable energy production is at a peak. This has major benefits for the grid and provides cheaper, sustainable power for the EV/PHEV owner. Mitsubishi Motor Company (MMC) opened its first one in Tokyo in 2016, and currently has 79 Dendo Drive Station showrooms throughout Japan.
With MMC’s support, MMPC aims to open Dendo Drive Stations in 5 regions in the Philippines and introduce MMC’s flagship PHEV SUV to the Philippines by the end of 2020. It aims to promote a better understanding of EVs/PHEVs in the country and support the development of the country’s automotive industry and the local economy.
“Similar to Japan, the Philippines is a country that often experiences many natural disasters,” said Osamu Masuko, MMC’s chairman of the board. “I believe with the technology of the Dendo Drive Station, communities will be provided with a dependable self-sustaining power source that does not only generate efficient energy supply but also serves as a reliable electrical source during emergency power shortage,” he added.
For more information about Mitsubishi in the Philippines, visit www.mmpc.ph.