Published on February 5th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown8
Turn Your Prius Into a Backup Generator
ConVerdant Vehicles, LLC is offering a product called a “Plug-Out Kit” for Toyota Prius owners that enables them to use their Prius batteries to power their houses partially or fully with power during outage. It starts at $200 for the 1 kW model. The larger 3 kW island units costs $1,300.
Another considerable benefit is that diesel and gasoline-fueled generators tend to sit for a long time until they are needed, and then fail to start when they actually are needed, while cars are used often. If you use your Toyota Prius, at least you can be sure that it will work most of the time, because malfunctions will manifest themselves when you try to drive to work, rather than the next time there is an outage, and you’re likely to fix it promptly.
Hybrid car batteries in general tend to be small compared to house batteries (not to be confused with electric car batteries, which are enormous), but the built-in Prius gas engine will recharge the battery when necessary. You cannot achieve a 3 kW power supply with a typical gasoline-powered car, though. Contrary to popular belief, car alternators normally don’t generate more than 2 kW of power, and 2 kW is well above average.
However, you could still power some larger appliances off of a Toyota Prius battery pack in a pinch, adding another layer of versatility to the world’s most popular hybrid.
Source: Green Car Reports
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