Neither, the car has two motor/generators and a high voltage battery. It
also has a 12 volt battery, and as with most of these puff articles, they
either don't know or aren't going to divulge any of the pertinent
Either RBM didn't read or didn't comprehend the article. Perhaps she was
distracted by a Limbaugh lame-assed rant. ;)
Here's an excerpt:
"FIRST, the Prius carries a much LARGER BATTERY PACK than a regular car,
allowing someone to power more appliances for longer than the
conventional AC Delco found in most cars. SECOND, unlike some backup
battery systems found in homes, the Prius, like other cars, can recharge
its batteries with its normal internal combustion engine. And here's the
BEST PART -- because the PRIUS AUTOMATICALLY TURNS ITSELF ON WHEN THE
BATTERIES DRAIN to a certain level, SWEENEY LEFT THE CAR RUNNING AND IT
AUTOMATICALLY TURNED OVER WHEN IT NEEDED TO RECHARGE -- about once every
30 minutes. IF YOU WERE TRYING TO DO WHAT SWEENEY DID WITH A NON-HYBRID,
YOU'D FIND YOURSELF SPENDING A LOT MORE TIME OUTSIDE IN THE COLD. I THE
EFFICIENCY OF THE AUTO-ON FEATURE MEANT SWEENEY ONLY USED AROUND FIVE
GALLONS OF GAS."
Sweeney used considerably more gas to produce the 17 Kwh he used than my
Honda EU2000i would have used but I'll wager he used LESS gas than the
typical gas-hogging genny would have required to power what he did for
"a few days".
Actually the ends of the columns were cut off for some reason, so I didn't
see that the car starts itself, of the part where Toyota voids the fools
warranty for misusing the equipment, and shortening the life of the battery.
If he had half a brain, he'd buy equipment intended for the purpose, like a
You are smart getting 35 mpg in stop and go traffic when everyone else
is getting about 10. , Demand, resale value, a car with the absolute
highest reliabilty in recent studies. What I see is poor folk driving
large 4 wd in the city.
That prolly should read 17 KW, not 17 KWH, huh?
Anyone remember back maybe 35 years ago when you could buy gizmos which
tricked a regular automobile alternator into outputting something near
120 volts DC which could be used to power things like power tools with
"universal" (AC or DC) electric motors in them?
I built one into my first Ford service van. I installed a separate battery
and alternator, so as not to interfere with the vehicle's equipment. You did
have to crank up the rpms quite a bit to get over 90 volts, but the damn
thing did work
No. It should read exactly as it does: 17 KWH (Energy) NOT 17 KW
(Power). He used 17 KWH of ENERGY during those "few days".
Yes, you are correct here, and Jeff, as an EE understands KW and KWH,
however the deceptive wording of the puff story makes it sound like he was
getting 17 KWH, and never mentions that he only had a 1 KW inverter. It also
makes an incorrect comparison between the "Delco" battery of a normal car
and the special battery of the prius, with no concern for the fact that the
only 12 volt battery the Prius has, is a gel cell not much bigger than a
motorcycle battery, and considerably smaller than the Delco. You can buy
into this garbage if you so choose, but some of us live in the world where
laws of physics matter
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