In the wake of Hurricane Sandy millions of people in New York and New Jersey were left without power for days; some for more than a week.
Rather than face a difficult time without any form of electricity, one innovative man from New Jersey managed to convert his Toyota Prius into a generator. He attached an inverter (which takes 12v DC and creates 120v AC from it) to the car’s battery system, and then wired the unit to his house’s mains supply. His Prius supplied enough electricity to power the lights in his house, the television, and his computer, for an entire week, whilst only using three quarters of the tank of petrol.
Some people used two stroke generators to supply power for their homes; however a Prius produces far fewer emissions, although it is a tad more expensive.
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This is not the first time that an enterprising person has managed to use their Prius to create electricity for their house during a blackout. Last year a man in Massachusetts also turned his car into an electric generator. “When it looked like we were going to be without power for a while, I dug out an inverter and wired it into our Prius… These inverters are available for about $100 many places online,” he said.
There any many sites on the internet that offer instructions explaining how to turn a Prius into a generator.
By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com