(VIDEO) Ford F-150 Lightning gives owners ability to power homes through outages
Intelligent Backup Power feature taps truck battery to keep the lights on
Ford's F-150 Lightning battery electric pickup offers torque, towing capability and more features to keep truck buyers happy. It can also keep the lights on at home if a power outage occurs.
Ford says it is the first o offer customers the ability to power their homes with an electric truck, thanks to a partnership with solar company Sunrun. Thanks to the partnership, customers are able to leverage the F-150 Lightning's onboard battery capability in case of an emergency.
"F-150 Lightning brings new innovations to customers, including the ability to power their homes when they need it most," said Matt Stover, Ford charging and energy services director. "Teaming up with Sunrun leverages their expertise to bring solar power to even more customers, giving them the chance to turn their truck into an incredible energy storage source - and future truck features can help accelerate the development of a less carbon-intensive grid."
Ford Intelligent Backup Power, making its debut on F-150 Lightning, gives customers the ability to use bidirectional power technology from their all-electric truck to provide energy to their homes during an outage, whether sheltering in a storm or keeping cool in a heat wave.
The F-150 Lightning extended-range battery system can store 131 kilowatt-hours of energy and deliver up to 9.6 kilowatts of power in a cleaner, quieter, more efficient way versus gasoline-powered generators, and with greater capacity than many wall battery units. F-150 Lightning can also offer lower-cost energy storage in a product customers already own - their truck.
With Ford Intelligent Backup Power and the Home Integration System, F-150 Lightning automatically kicks in to power your home if the grid goes down. Once power is restored, the system automatically reverts back to utility power. Based on an average U.S. home at 30 kilowatt-hours of use per day, F-150 Lightning with extended-range battery provides full home power for up to three days, or as long as 10 days when used in conjunction with solar power or rationing.
To benefit from Ford Intelligent Backup Power and future energy management solutions, customers need to equip their home with the Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System, which is composed of a power inverter plus a dark start battery and transfer switch, enabling the two-way power flow. Buyers of the extended-range F-150 Lightning automatically receive the Ford Charge Station Pro. Standard-range truck customers can purchase the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and pay for activation separately.
In the future, Ford will introduce additional F-150 Lightning features to help customers potentially save money and take pressure off the electric grid during peak usage. Ford Intelligent Power, for example, will allow customers to power their homes with their truck's battery when electricity rates are higher, while charging the truck when rates are lower - or from their own solar-powered rooftop.