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Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car

House produces twice as much energy as it needs, with enough left over to charge electric car

Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car
People stand outside the ‘Effizienzhaus Plus’ energy-efficient house on Dec 7(Getty Images)
Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car
German chancellor Angela Merkel and transport minister Peter Ramsauer inaugurate the 'Effizienzhaus Plus' (Getty Images)
Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car
The house, which is a pilot project of the German Ministry for traffic, construction and urban development, generates though a variety of means more energy, mostly in the form of electricity, than it consumes (Getty Images)
Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car
Merkel took the wraps off the three-bedroom house that will produce twice as much energy as it needs (Getty Images)
Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car
A touch-screen display that controls all of the energy-related functions in the ‘Effizienzhaus Plus’ (Getty Images)
Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car
A guide launches an application on an iPhone to control all of the energy-related functions in the ‘Effizienzhaus Plus’(Getty Images)
Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car
The passive-energy house, built in front of a federal building near a Berlin rail station, will produce more than 16,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year with photovoltaic panels on its roof and south-facing wall (Getty Images)
Merkel takes wraps off house that can also drive a car
The surplus electricity will be used to power electric cars parked in front of the house, with the four-person family getting enough battery power to travel about 30,000 km a year (Getty Images)