Self-Powered Toyota Plant Plugs Back Into The Grid

In 2011 a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, killing more than 20,000, destroying the power grid and bringing the Japanese auto industry to its knees. Toyota’s rebuilt production plant in the hard-hit Miyagi prefecture now has a gas-fired power plant on site, with enough juice to power the nearby town in case of another disaster.

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The Nissan Leaf; Electric Car, Backup Home Power Generator

The advantages of electric cars are piling up as consumers and automakers alike come to realize just how versatile a giant battery on wheels can be. Nissan has unveiled an entire scale model of a Japanese home that the Leaf electric car can power for about two days.

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New Prius Models Will Offer AC Outlets for Home Appliances

After observing how customers used hybrids after a major disaster, Toyota has decided to start offering its Prius hybrid models with AC outlets to power home appliances beginning next year.

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