Toyota Completes Vehicle to House Sharing System

After the devastating earthquake and tsunami crashed over Japan in March of 2011, Toyota started thinking that there had to be a something they could do to help people fare at least a little bit better in the event of a natural disaster. It turns out, they didn't have to look any further than their collection of hybrids.

In vehicles such as the best-selling Prius, Toyota saw a potential power-sharing source, which could be implemented to help keep households functioning during blackouts and brownouts. They also saw an opportunity to power individual household appliances. Needless to say, they ran with the ideas and have just finished developing two potentially life-changing (maybe even life-saving) systems.

The first is a new vehicle-to-home (V2H) backup power system. Without boring you with the granular details, it can be used to transfer power from a Toyota PHV, such as the Prius PHV, to a house. Early tests show that it's capable of supplying power to an average home in Japan for four days.

It's important to note that despite the system's name, it's not limited to vehicle-to-home energy transferal. It can also be used to power other vehicles. This allows for easy power sharing among PHV owners, which in times of emergency could prove very advantageous.

As previously mentioned, Toyota has also developed a system for transferring power from vehicles to individual household appliances. This could be a huge benefit to shelters.

More in-depth testing of the system in Prius PHVs is slated to begin at the end of 2012. Be sure to stay tuned as Smart Toyota of Quad Cities keeps you  up to date on the key takeaways. And, remember that in the meantime you can always explore our complete Toyota Prius lineup online.

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