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EV Hack Keeps Homes Humming After Hurricane Sandy

WIRED -- As millions of people fired up generators and burned candles in the wake of superstorm Sandy, some EV owners hacked their cars to keep their lights on and refrigerators humming.

For Maryland resident Scott Wilson, that involved nothing more than making sure his Nissan Leaf’s battery pack was topped up the night before, along with having a ProWatt 1000 DC-to-AC converter and a pair of $25 cables at the ready. And it’s something that EV owners along the east coast can do as they prepare for the latest nor’easter front.

After a derecho storm hit the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest in June of this year and Wilson lost power for a few days, he wanted a sure-fire plan to keep the juice flowing during Sandy.


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Submitted Nov 12, 2012 By: TC_Fuel_Prices
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 12:02:59 AM

interesting to say the least. Although having a generator is probably better.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:22:56 AM

tomok - "EV Hack Keeps Homes Humming After Hurricane Sandy and what happens when the EV battery is drained and there is no electricity left and the vehicle fuel to recharge the battery is gone. Use an EV battery source for only a short time use. A much better choice is a generator large enough for your power needs and plenty of fuel to go with it."

That makes sense if you're talking about a pure EV. If you're talking about a hybrid, though, that "plenty of fuel" can also keep the hybrid running.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:05:45 AM


Interesting article, thanks for posting.
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RonElp
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:17:01 AM

An expensive generator... but a good idea.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 4:32:52 AM

EV Hack Keeps Homes Humming After Hurricane Sandy and what happens when the EV battery is drained and there is no electricity left and the vehicle fuel to recharge the battery is gone. Use an EV battery source for only a short time use. A much better choice is a generator large enough for your power needs and plenty of fuel to go with it. Make sure the electrical circuit breaker box is disconnected from the power lines before using the generator for house power. Do Not operate the EV or generator in a closed garage, CO from the exhaust fumes can enter the house through the house garage door and knock everyone out inside the house or kill those people in the house.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:44:29 AM

This works well even without an ev.
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Packman3231
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 1:17:55 AM

Leave it to the enterprising to figure out how to make their electric cars be a source of electric power during a power outage.
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bston
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 1:05:01 AM

I can imagine how desperate hose folks are!
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obimerrill
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:58:17 AM

Good thinking!
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:54:08 AM

Another MerryLander does it with a Prius -
http://www.aprs.org/APRS-SPHEV.html
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jorod55
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:53:31 AM

Pretty basic actually.
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farn1958
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:49:57 AM

why not?
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TFowler513
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:47:11 AM

Alternative thinking!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:46:51 AM

Thats good.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:44:53 AM

Always thinkin
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:43:04 AM

If there's no gas available at the stations, you can't drive anywhere with a ICE engine either, so this seems pretty smart. At least keep the freezer cold and the furnace going part-time.
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:40:40 AM

granitestater:
"Siphoning electricity from your car may work. But what happens when you want to leave home?"

You unplug and turn out the lights...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:40:37 AM

get 'r done!
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dumba55
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:40:01 AM

smart
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:39:42 AM

and we need to drill
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:35:46 AM

Now that is a real PORTABLE generator.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:34:53 AM

cool tech
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:33:02 AM

Shoot the juice to me Bruce!
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hansone7
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:31:07 AM

That's inginuity!
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:29:08 AM

Siphoning electricity from your car may work. But what happens when you want to leave home?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:28:35 AM

Better than "riding it out" and complaining about the ride you didn't prepare for.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:27:53 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:27:09 AM

buddy, it's called solar panels on your roof...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:24:49 AM

An excellent idea.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:24:19 AM

Going to have to read this later.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:24:05 AM

In time they will figure out how to feed the power back into a home and the grid from charging and charged vehicles, and it will help solve the grid power storage problems.
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WhiteTreeIndian
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:23:56 AM

Def interesting.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:21:08 AM

cool.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:19:37 AM

repeat
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:18:15 AM

a derecho storm ??..what is a derecho storm ??..
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:16:17 AM

it works
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:15:49 AM

a novel approach
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:15:39 AM

What's so original about that? I've had inverters for years. Anybody with a 9th-grade science education should be able to figure that out easily.

Oh, forgot...public schools...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:15:18 AM

Interesting!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:15:17 AM

Some are getting a bit smarter out there, just not enough.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:15:10 AM

good
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:14:30 AM

What a good idea
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ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:13:59 AM

Only if the water doesn't short out the battery first and cause a fire.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:11:22 AM

ok
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Blue_Cruzer
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:10:06 AM

What about a Prius?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:09:47 AM

Sweet, they are good for something, lol.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:09:38 AM

Wow.........
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:08:24 AM

That's really the cart pulling the horse. I love it!!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:06:48 AM

Great back up battery.
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wz
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:06:36 AM

Draining the car battery will leave you stranded until your home power comes back on to recharge. But that leaves you in the same condition as gasoline-fueled cars that can't find a station that is selling gas.
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