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How To Power Your Home During A Power Outage With An Electric Vehicle

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"Numerous power outages expected, likely prolonged."
...reads the warning from the local Google Crisis Map warning for West Michigan as I compose this essay.  We still have power and internet at the moment, but it wasn't that way on February 7, 2019 when we lost power for nearly a full day.  The patchwork of power outages shown on the Consumers Energy Outage Map looked like a product of a quilting bee.

With just about everything in your home needing power to operate, even the controls and ignition of my gas furnace were affected.  I noticed that the house was getting a bit chilly in the 15°F outdoor temperatures.  While our comfort and access to a hot shower was a concern to me, ironically it was the 40 lbs of Michigan blueberries in my freezer being in jeopardy of thawing out that first popped into my head.

Note: if you prefer a quick video overview, I recorded this YouTube video.
Electric Vehicles to the Rescue The concept of Vehicle-to-Grid or V2G has long been promote…

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 2 - Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

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Part of WKTV Journal Grand Rapids, MI Community Programming Listen Here: Plug-In West Michigan Podcast ... or find it on your favorite podcast feed like iTunes or Spotify.
Episode 2 Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Josh Bourdon

Main Topic:  Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
US Department of Energy:  How Do Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars Work?US Department of Energy:  How Do Hybrid Electric Cars Work?Inside EVs:  EV Purists Take Note: A Ton Of Plug-in Hybrids Are Coming2019 Chevrolet Volt:  https://www.chevrolet.com/electric/volt-plug-in-hybridLooking for a Volt: Cars.com search for used Chevrolet Volts 75 miles from WKTV (Note: there are many more places to search for used cars)
EV News Snippets
Audi Super Bowl commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrgq2CIag6MBudweiser Super Bowl commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrKBdY2x7_URivian R1T pickup truck: https:/…