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 |  Jul 20 2011, 2:45 PM

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]