Toyota Prius as an emergency power source for your communications gear

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by 3M-TA3, Oct 9, 2015.


  1. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    It turns out that the Toyota Prius makes a pretty decent 12 VDC generator. I ran across this on a HAM forum looking for ways to power communications equipment in the event of failure. Basically, turn it on and whenever the voltage drops a bit, the engine starts up until the battery is charged, then shuts down. Think of it as a self propelled 12 VDC generator - OMG, it has bug out vehicle potential! [eek3]

    Seemingly against all odds, the Prius (or other hybrid) is a viable choice as a survival/preparedness vehicle. Prius - not just for smug tree hugging urbanites.... Now, if it just came in diesel...

    Toyota Prius as an emergency power source
     
  2. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    @3M-TA3 that made me laugh. A diesel version of a prius. [grouphug]

    I will warn you, you are going to the dark side so you better have cookies. :ROFLMAO:
     
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  3. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    I've been to the dark side - they acted like they weren't home and wouldn't let me in.
     
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    A few years back, one of the ATV OEMs made a Electric Side By Side ATV called the "BigBoy". I was very intrigued by the concept. 25 mile Range on a Battery Charge, and virtually Silent, except for the Road Noise.
    What got me very excited was the use in SpecOps. By the Addition of a Honda Inverter Generator, minus the Inverter, (HV DC Voltage) and a MPPT Charge Controller, these become the Cheapest Hybrid Vehicle around. For SpecOps, you just add a Trailer, to carry the Squad Weapons, Ammo, Rations, and extra Fuel. Then run on the Generator, until you approach the RP. (Rally Point) Dump the Trailer, and Man Up the Personal LoadOut. Then use Electric only, for the Closing to Target AO. Silent in close. Complete the Mission. Then Electric on the extract, back to the RP. Pickup the Trailer, and Motor back to Base on the Genset. This was proposed to a Friend, in that "Community" and was very well received, tested, and I believe used on a Mission, or two, in the "Stans"
     
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Might have been a dot mil version of "Bad Boy".
    Bad Boy Buggies - Getting You Closer to the Game
     
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  6. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Sounds like a four wheel version of the good ol' diesel-electric submarine....running silent and going deep might be a bit of a challenge unless your driver accidentally ends you up in a river or pond. :oops:
     
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