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World’s Most Expensive Backup Generator

If this whole warming-planet thing doesn’t work out, <a href=”″>it looks like people can use their overpriced hybrids during ice-storm power-outages:

The Prius has a new use, and it does not involve driving. The Harvard Press – which serves the Massachusetts town of Harvard as opposed to the university – reported that the car’s battery helped keep the lights on for some locals during the recent ice storms.

The newspaper reports that John Sweeney, a resident who lost power, “ran his refrigerator, freezer, TV, woodstove fan, and several lights through his Prius, for three days, on roughly five gallons of gas.”

Said Mr. Sweeney, in an e-mail message to The Press: “When it looked like we were going to be without power for awhile, I dug out an inverter (which takes 12v DC and creates 120v AC from it) and wired it into our Prius.”

According to the newspaper, “the device allowed the engine to run every half hour, automatically charging the car battery and indirectly supplying the required power.”

But the funnier part of the post is this picture and caption . . .

Which would you rather have in a winter emergency? (Photos: Toyota (top); Daniel Steger/

I’m pretty sure Planet Gore readers will choose the booze.


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