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For next year, Toyota will start offering AC electric outlets as an option on the Prius hybrid so drivers can plug in accessories or appliances to their car.¬†Toyota developed the idea through the March 11¬†earthquake disaster¬†in which people used the Toyota Estima hybrid van (pictured above) as a source of emergency electricity when the power went out.
Toyota eventually wants to add the AC outlet to the¬†entire¬†hybrid line, however the option will only be offered in Japan¬†initially¬†because of concerns regarding different voltages and safety regulations. Toyota demonstrated the option earlier today in the city of Sendai with the Prius was equipped with Japan’s¬†standard¬†100-volt AC plug. The car was able to power appliances such as a fan, hotpot and¬†refrigerator. Toyota officials noted that with one full tank of gasoline, the Prius can supply power at full output for two days.
[Source: Automotive News]