Now, Toyota offers Prius hybrid that runs household electrical appliances

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 10:50 hrs

Automobile manufacturer Toyota has come up with a Prius hybrid that has a power outlet that can run household electrical appliances for two days.

The Japanese carmaker is set to offer an optional AC power point in its Prius hybrid car that will allow owners to run their electrical goods from the car's battery pack, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

According to industry journal Automotive News, the idea came up following the devastating earthquake that struck the country on March 11.

Victims were apparently using Toyota's hybrid-powered Estima (Tarago) van, the only Toyota model, which already has an AC plughole, to power household appliances in the aftermath of the disaster.

Following a demonstration showing a Prius hatchback powering household electrical items such as a refrigerator, hotpot, fan and desk lamp, Toyota said it would offer a power point as an option on Prius models from 2012.

The modified Toyota Prius was fitted with an onboard inverter to change the current of the batteries (DC) to that used for appliances (AC).

The system has a maximum output of 1500 watts, which allows it to power larger appliances like fridges and microwaves.

The appliances are powered by the car's battery pack, with the petrol engine cranking over automatically to recharge the battery when the power level starts to dip.

Toyota claims a full tank of fuel will power appliances at maximum output for about two days. (ANI)

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