In a "How to" guide on ways to pimp your digital life, there's a blurb on how to turn a Toyota Prius into a backup generator that can run your home's appliances for a few days if the power goes out. Here are the basics for the mildly interested. If you're a serious Prius-er, check out Wired:
- Attach a 2-foot heavy-gauge cable to the relay terminals on the hybrid's "traction" battery. Put a heavy-duty, 75-amp plug-style connector to the other end.
- Build a new circuit box: Wire the essentials appliances (refrigerator, etc) to a separate breaker box.
- Connect the car to the house with some wires and loops and plugs and such - I don't even want to pretend to know what I'm talking about here, so check out the original article if you're interested.