28 Oct '12, 6pm

Emergency Power From Your Electric Car? via @evworldeditor #hurricane #sandy #pepco #prius #volt #emergency #evworld

Hurricane Sandy, dubbed the 'Frankenstorm' of the decade, is predicted to cause a great deal of property damage in the American Northeast, cutting electric power to millions of customers that could take days or even weeks to restore. Yet for hundreds of thousands of owners of Toyota Priuses and similar electric-drive vehicles, they would be able, if the technology were more widely available, to keep the lights on and a few vital appliances running during the blackout. They're literally sitting on the answer. Located under the rear seat of every Toyota Prius is a 1.3kWh battery capable of providing hours of lighting in an emergency, if frugally applied. Cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt could run even longer or handle a even greater electrical loads with their 24kWh and 16kWh battery packs, respectively. So, why aren't Volt and Leaf and Prius owners in Delawa...

Full article: http://evworld.com/blogs/index.cfm?authorid=12&blogid=1096

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