Hacked Prius Uses Power from Trolleybus Overhead Wires


Thu, Apr 10th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Bold Italic, Sierra Hartman speaks with Jon, a man who modified his Toyota Prius to sport trolley poles. The trolleys actually work, allowing the vehicle to get its electricity from the municipal overhead wires used to power the trolley busses. Jon is a little vague about how he is able to do this, but the article is a fascinating read.

A couple months ago I was walking out of Golden Gate Park onto Fulton around 8th Avenue. I stepped onto the sidewalk just in time to see a Prius roll by with a pair of giant antennae mounted on the roof. At first I thought it was just some kind of art-car getup, but then I realized the antennae was the same power pole doodad that MUNI buses use (I later learned they’re called “trolley poles”). Not only that, they were actually running along the overhead power cables for the 5 line. The driver cruised past with a high-pitched humming noise as I stood there thinking, “No. Fucking. Way.”



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