It makes sense that in the near future, the electronics for all plug-ins and
hybrids be redesigned to work both ways seamlessly – to power the house if
needed using the same cable that provides battery charge. This makes the most
sense with fuel cells and Honda already has a product for this in the pipeline.
It will provide about 4 times more power for a week, compared to your setup …
so in places like Texas you could probably run the air conditioner as well as
One would need about 5 of them to power Al Gore’s mansion, however… so there
From: Jed Rothwell
I am ready for a power failure. I now have a 2 kW inverter which I attach to
the starter battery in a Prius. That is located inside, under the deck, where
the spare tire is kept, so it stays dry in the rain. I can then leave the motor
on. It only runs when the battery drains. 2 kW is enough to run a modern
refrigerator and lights. Or a pump to drain water under the house, but I don't
think I can run both at the same time. I wish I had a 4 kW inverter but I don't
think you can attach that to an ordinary car battery.