I don't think the car companies realize what they are sitting on, people would love these outlets in their hybrids.After 2.5 months or so, my Rav4 Prime is just about ready for pickup and I’m pretty excited to get it this weekend. After lurking around here, however, I probably screwed up by not ordering an XSE as I realize now that adding that AC outlet after the fact is not nearly as simple as I thought it would be.
My dealer says they won’t add the parts and do the work and says it needs to be done at the factory. I can understand that it’s probably a pain and potentially dangerous, and I wouldn’t dare attempt messing with the big battery in any way myself, but does anyone know or have any comment on other potential solutions?
I can’t say I understand all this electrical stuff, but I ultimately would like to have the peace of mind that I could use the huge battery in the Prime as a potential emergency backup power source to run my fridge/freezer intermittently in a sustained power outage. I do have a regular backup generator, but figure I could cut back on gas storage a bit if I could use the car as an additional backup.
Not sure if a regular inverter plugged into the 12V cigarette lighter would work. Wouldn’t that draw power from the regular 12V battery which it sounds like is not constantly charged by the big battery?
Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated!