The Sunday New York Times writes about the Prius powering someone's house and the future potential of V2G or vehicle to grid. A Honda (shouldn't that be Toyota?) spokesperson shot down plans for hybrids powering homes responding; "We would not like to see stresses on the battery pack caused by putting it through cycles it wasn't designed for." "Instead, they should buy a Honda generator that was made for that purpose."

The article also has opposing view points on V2G. They range from "pie in the sky" and at the "science project stage" to a technology that's "underutilized" and "win-win" for power companies and car owners. The costs for making your car into a back-up generator were quoted at $2,000 to $4,000 with simple ones built for just $200. Couldn't you just plug in your house in the cigarette lighter?

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[Source: New York Times]

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