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Charge your home with a Toyota Prius

Power outlets have gone on sale which effectively allows people to power their home using their Toyota Prius.

The novel idea, called vehicle-to-grid, has been introduced by the Japanese car giant in order to give owners of the hybrid vehicle a chance to power their properties through alternative means in the result of a blackout.

Costing 63,000 yen (around £487), drivers will be presented with two 100-volt outlets which have the ability to supply enough electricity from a fully charged Prius battery to keep an average home in power for four days.

Furthermore, the device's maximum output of 1,500 watts is enough for a family to keep their fridge-freezer running throughout a blackout, as well as switching on a TV.

Another interesting point to note about vehicle-to-grid is that electricity can be supplied even when the Prius is stationary. This is because the car's on-board 1.8-litre petrol engine functions to recharge the battery pack and ensure a constant stream of power transmission.


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