Originally uploaded by pavasm.
So we recently got a Prius. So far we are really loving the car. There is something aesthetically pleasing , engineering-wise, about watching the display as the energy is swapped between chemical (gasoline), kinetic, and electric.
As I understand it, the battery pack is about 200VDC. The internal combustion engine charges the battery pack. I saw some guy made use of this to have his prius serve as a UPS for his house while it is parked in the driveway.
I was thinkin, you could probably rig an espresso machine to run on 200VDC (especially a lever machine). That would be a really cool way to make espresso at a farmers market.