How To Power Your House In an Emergency From Your Electric Car

Thanks primarily to Tesla and its PowerWall consumer energy storage product — not to mention the many other grid-tied and off-grid energy storage products now available, there are more people than ever before who can keep their houses powered when there’s a brownout or power cut.
But not everyone can afford to put thousands of dollars of solar panels on their roof or battery packs in their garage, meaning that when the power goes out, they’re at the mercy of the local utility company.
That is, unless you happen to own pretty much any electric car on the market today. Because with one of those, a little time, and a few hundred in cash, you can keep your refrigerator running, power some low-power lights, and yes, even edit a YouTube show.
Watch the video above to find out more.

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  • Jeff Laurence

    Great idea Nikki. Cheap and easy. This method works with ICE cars too. RV’s usually have electric generation of some type and simply purchasing a small electric generator will allow you to go bigger including recharging your electric car for transportation.

  • Wildflyer

    Have repeatedly contacted Lexus & Toyota about how to “hardwire” a hybrid car (I own an Avalon Hybrid& Lexus 450h) to my home’s “A/B” switch (installed for a portable generator) in order to provide emergency power during an outage. Both manufacturers refuse to provide any help, despite periodic releases of V2H-like news. Nissan appears to have taken the lead in this monumentally slow evolution.
    Why are major auto manufacturers so stymied?

  • Kary

    One reason to get a larger converter would be to use the 12 volt battery as a power source for the surge of motor devices, such as the refrigerator. So yes it would drain that battery, but only for very short periods.

    I see this as a good solution even for people with portable generators because getting this set up would be faster than setting up a generator, and it would also be more efficient when you only needed to power the refrigerator and a few lights.