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The PriUPS Concept

The hybrid electric automobile is an enormous advance over standard internal combustion vehicles.  Advantages include energy saving, reduced noxious emissions and "greenhouse gases," lower operating costs, etc.  I bought a 2005 Toyota Prius (after spending a year on the waiting list) and I am now half the gas guzzler I once was.  I feel virtuous, and have a neat new toy.

But I didn't buy the Prius to save a few bucks on gas, and, with all due respect, warmer winters wouldn't bother me at all.  No, I bought it because there's more to the hybrid than others seem to realize.  In a (not so unusual) case of "I'm right and the world is wrong," I have decided that we are all looking at hybrids in an upside-down fashion.

My car, and almost certainly yours as well, spends most of its life, lump-like, sitting in a garage or a parking spot.  During the hour or so each day you wish you were somewhere else, it takes you there.  And then it lumps some more.  What a shocking waste of vehicular life!  What a burden on my frugal soul. 

I had the realization some time ago that the gasoline-electric hybrid is the perfect solution to a number of individual and societal problems:

  • Remember the August 2003 electric grid failure?  Hybrids can prevent future occurrences.
  • Remember terrorism?  Hybrids can prevent terrorists from plunging us into the dark.
  • Remember that nice, now-crispy squirrel that killed your electricity one day last spring?  Or the auto that knocked over the utility pole?  Hybrids can provide for you while the power company can't.
  • Remember how the price of electricity skyrockets at periods of peak demand?  You can generate your own, and perhaps even make a profit.

This site is dedicated to that "other side" of the hybrid.  Don't think of it as "a car," think of it as a power plant.

Richard Factor
14 May 2005

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This site is not affiliated with or beholden to Toyota or any other commercial interest, at least not yet.  I'm in the process of investigating the rest of the system - connectors, inverters and transfer switches.  I'll add that info, which may be of a commercial nature, when I have it.

Motor vehicles and, to a lesser extent, electricity, cause many injuries and deaths every year.   Given our society's goal of keeping us alive until we die from something else, I would be irresponsible if I didn't issue this important safety tip:  "Be careful!"            

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