Toyota Prius' New Function Supplies Electricity to Home Appliances

2012/10/25 09:24
Naoshige Shimizu, Nikkei Automotive Technology
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Toyota Motor Corp partly remodeled the "Prius" hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and the "Prius PHV" plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) by adding a function to provide electricity from the vehicles to home appliances such as a rice cooker.

The new function is useful in emergency situations such as a power outage. It supports a voltage of 100V and a wattage of 1,500W. The function is available as an option for a price of ¥63,000 (approx US$789) for the Prius and ¥94,500 for the Prius PHV.

To realize the function, power outlets are installed in the tray of the center console and in two locations in the luggage room. For the Prius PHV, a connector that can be attached to its charging port is provided so that electricity can be supplied to an external device even when the doors and windows are closed.

In the case of the Prius PHV, the power feeding function can be used for a long time without starting the engine because its rechargeable battery has a capacity of 4.4kWh, which is larger than the capacity of the Prius' battery.

The new function will be available Oct 22, 2012, for the Prius and Nov 1, 2012, for the Prius PHV.