Toyota RAV4 Prime bacon test underlines EV advantage

Discussion in 'Rav4 Prime' started by Domenick, Dec 10, 2020.

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  1. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    The "Does It Bacon" test is a little thing that the Alex on Autos YouTube channel does occasionally. Basically, it's just a test to see whether a vehicle's auxiliary electrical outlet can power a small microwave and cook bacon.

    Why? Because bacon is delicious. Also, not all vehicle electrical inverters are equal. The one powering the single outlet in the RAV4 Prime is 1500 watts, which is pretty good. Check out how it does in this very short video.



    While kind of light-hearted, the video makes some good points about the ability to have auxiliary power in an electric vehicle. Probably the main one and most obvious one is: you don't need to run an engine to use it.

    This would make tailgating more enjoyable. It's also handy if, say, the power goes out in your house and you want to use the aux outlet to keep a refrigerator cold or something. With no engine, the vehicle can be left in the garage, since there's no fear of carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Maybe it's not the biggest EV advantage in the world, but it's nice to celebrate even the smaller blessings EVs can bring.
     
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  4. onix

    onix New Member

    Do we know how efficient this inverter is? And is it converting up from 12vDC to 120vAC?
     
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  5. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    That, I don't know.
     
  6. onix

    onix New Member

    Looks like it's described here on Rav4World.
     
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  8. Sthomasa

    Sthomasa Member

    Amazing car...on a different forum, my favorite post was about speed.
    "120 mph is plenty fast for an automobile shaped like a refrigerator."
    Yeah bacon would be nice. And making it not sound like the bearings are shot when reversing too!
     
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