Toyota Prius Supplies Owner With Power During Ice Storm

The December ice storm that cut power to millions gave Bob Osemlak the opportunity to put his emergency power plan to work by plugging into his hybrid car's battery pack.

Published: 06-Jan-2014

One man’s transportation is another man’s generator.

Or at least it is for retired engineer Bob Osemlak. During the ice storm, he powered his furnace, lights, refrigerator and TV using only his Toyota Prius.

The Thornhill resident lost power for nearly a full day on Dec. 21 — a fraction of time compared to others affected by the storm — but he was prepared to go much longer with the idea of using his car’s battery for electricity.


Pair of Hino/Toyota developed electric trucks with refrigeration units.

Co-developed with Yamato Transport and Hino Motors, pair of small electric truck will be trialed for one year in two separate wards of Tokyo.

Toyota i-Road Concept is two-passenger electric urban runabout.

Toyota i-Road is an ultra-compact, tandem two-seater electric vehicle designed with nimble mobility of a motorcycle and enclosed safety and comfort of an automobile.

Toyota i-Road Concept on display at 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

Seventy i-Road Personal Mobility Vehicles will initially be deployed in shared mobility project in the Grenoble region of Switzerland.


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