America’s energy infrastructure is not perfect. As such, we have seen situations like the one in February 2021 in Texas, where thousands of peopleat freezing temperatures. At the time, Ford was working with local dealers to allow people to use the then-new F-150 with ProPower on-board generators to help alleviate some of the symptoms of this power outage.
Now, according to a statement released by Ford on Wednesday, they are going a step further by allowing the upcoming F-150 Lightning to act as a large rechargeable battery that customers can use to power their homes in the event of a power outage.
Ford’s entire intelligent backup power system is administered by Ford and its partner Sunrun, one of the largest solar suppliers in the United States. The system itself consists of a Ford Charge Station Pro Level 2 wall charger, as well as a “Home Integration System” that includes a power inverter, a dark starter battery and a switch that will allow two-way electricity flow between your Flash and your house.
Ford claims that the Lightning with the optional extended-range battery can store 131 kilowatt-hours of power and deliver up to 9.6 kilowatt-hours of power as needed. This means that if the average American home uses about 30 kilowatt hours of energy per day, a fully charged Lightning can power that home for 10 days.
As for the cost, it’s hard to say. We know that the Ford Charge Station Pro is included in the price of the extended range battery (although you are still on the installation hook), but it is not clear how much it will cost to purchase the home integration system, let alone the installation. If you are curious about this, you can contact your Ford or Sunrun dealer.
The Ford F-150 Lightning goes on sale this spring.
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