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Old 01-06-2014, 05:02 AM
 
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THORNHILL, Ontario, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Canadian man said he used his Toyota Prius as a generator to power his furnace, lights, refrigerator and TV during the recent ice storm.

Bob Osemlak, a retired Air Force mechanic who lives in Thornhill, lost power for nearly a full day on Dec. 21, the Toronto Star reported.



Read more: Canadian man uses Toyota Prius to power home during recent ice storm - UPI.com
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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I remember an article from several years ago of a bolt on generator that bolts to a truck engine. Some use an inverter inside the car.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:10 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Yes, I have a 250 Watt inverter that I can use in any car, just connects to the battery with clips. Many newer cars such as the 2014 Escape Titanium now have one built in with 1-2 outlets for 110V AC.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:33 AM
 
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I remember an article from several years ago of a bolt on generator that bolts to a truck engine. Some use an inverter inside the car.


My electrician has a Ford F250 with a generator from the factory as an option. Park the truck, engage the generator and the truck runs at a high idle and puts out a sizable amount of electricity. Unit was under the bed and ran off the driveshaft I believe.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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My electrician has a Ford F250 with a generator from the factory as an option. Park the truck, engage the generator and the truck runs at a high idle and puts out a sizable amount of electricity. Unit was under the bed and ran off the driveshaft I believe.
I think GM had something like that. They had Silverado Hybrid trucks which, instead of getting better fuel economy, was used as a generator like for job sites.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Twin Lakes /Taconic / Salisbury
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My electrician has a Ford F250 with a generator from the factory as an option. Park the truck, engage the generator and the truck runs at a high idle and puts out a sizable amount of electricity. Unit was under the bed and ran off the driveshaft I believe.
not from a Ford factory.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Twin Lakes /Taconic / Salisbury
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I think GM had something like that. They had Silverado Hybrid trucks which, instead of getting better fuel economy, was used as a generator like for job sites.
Lol.. and not. They were indeed hybrid drivetrain for slightly improved fuel economy. Just a very elementary system with limited advantages. NOT for acting as an outside power source though..
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:00 PM
 
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I used my gutted minivan with a '2000w' inverter during Ike to power the fridge, fans, lights, TV. also laid down a mattress in it for when I run the AC for my newborn to sleep better. Top that Prius
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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^^ I am impressed! Way cool!
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:10 PM
 
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Just to shad some light onto how HYBRIDS are used for this purpose:

Camry hybrid as power generator? - GreenHybrid - Hybrid Cars

As they are VERY different from sticking inverter into power outlet. Also, this is no news, been done for years by hybrid owners.
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