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I'm going to give this a shot next time the power goes out.
No, when you understand how the Volt works, it is not.That's a ridiculous video..
Ditto to what Barry said. There are some threads on how to do this and type of equipment to use. Some have been doing it for years and also use it when camping.You do in fact connect to the 12V battery. As long as the car is turned on, the energy in the traction battery is unleashed to support the 12V battery and your attached inverter. It will run for days. And after that, the generator will start and you can continue to draw power much longer. It is a great capability of the Volt.
I'm pretty sure the max. recommended inverter is 1500w.No, when you understand how the Volt works, it is not.
To the contrary, you have 10+KW of power sitting in your driveway waiting to be used this way.
Whenever we are expecting bad weather I make sure our Volt is charged up beforehand - I have a 3000w inverter at the ready that'll power all our essentials.
Same here! Awesome thread!Sorry, my bad. I did not realize that if the vehicle was ON then you could do this. Great news actually!.
Very good to know!I'm pretty sure the max. recommended inverter is 1500w.
A quote from the EVextend site:
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have kits available for inverters larger than 1500W?
At this time, we have chosen to only offer a wiring kit that supports up to 1500W continuous power. This is to ensure that the power draw from the inverter will work properly with the built-in power electronics of the vehicle. Larger systems, combined with other electronics that are always running in your vehicle, may draw more total power than the Volt can provide, ultimately resulting in a dead battery or damaged electronics within your vehicle.
Agreed. The DC/DC inverter that maintains the 12V system I believe is rated at 100 amps. This would offer a continuous 1200 watts which is about the max load a 1500w inverter should run at. Continuously running significantly higher than about 1200w and you run the risk of blowing your APU, running the 12V battery down to far, or both.I'm pretty sure the max. recommended inverter is 1500w.
I have a different suggestion.For those interested in doing this......
It also has an engine that needs to be maintained and exercised, oil that needs to be changed, it needs to be plumbed to a fuel source, and makes a not insignificant amount of noise.It's 17 kW, will run automatically and I can drive my car while it runs.