winter – one of the worst on record – has left many people in the United States
in the dark, literally, with millions experiencing power outages during the
last few months. But what if a car, or
parts of it, could provide power during an emergency? Toyota engineers are looking for
“enlightened” ways to do just that.
fuel cell vehicle will hit U.S. roads in 2015.
Highly efficient while producing zero emissions, a fully fuelled vehicle
has enough juice to power a small house for a week in an emergency. Engineers
are currently working to develop an external power supply device to connect the
car to the house and help keep the lights on.
has millions of hybrids on the road around the world. From Prius to Highlander to Camry, they have
one thing in common – batteries. In
Japan, Toyota has given new life to those old hybrid battery packs as
stationary power storage systems. In use
since 2013, the units provide peak power to Toyota dealerships around the
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (TMMAL) is now studying this used battery
power system to help power their operations and provide back-up power during an
emergency. As one of Toyota’s model
sustainable North American plants, it’s fitting for TMMAL to be the first U.S. facility
to flip this switch.
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