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Hitachi offers EV dispatch system to blackout-hit areas

Vehicle batteries will supply electricity to evacuation centers after disasters

Hitachi has teamed up with Nissan in developing a system to supply electricity from EV batteries to run elevators and other equipment in the event of a disaster.

TOKYO -- Hitachi will provide local governments with a system to quickly dispatch electric vehicles to supply energy to areas in the event power is cut off following a disaster, Nikkei has learned.

Auto dealers and transportation companies will need to register the number of cars and their recharging status with Hitachi's system in advance. Following a disaster, the most suitable EVs will be dispatched using information from traffic patterns and dealers near evacuation centers.

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