The facility of a pickup truck shouldn’t be all about torque, horsepower, towing and hauling. Ford’s latest electrical F-150 Lightning, which was unveiled Wednesday, is making an attempt to alter the that means of truck energy with a system that may present power to a buyer’s dwelling within the occasion of an outage.
Ford isn’t alone in its effort to indicate shoppers the advantages of an all-electric car. Others, similar to Lucid Motors have additionally touted this functionality.
Extreme winter storms in February brought about an enormous energy outage in Texas, with greater than 4.5 million houses and companies left with out energy for days. 151 folks have been killed consequently. The F-150 Lightning’s 9.6 kW of Again Up Energy can present full dwelling energy for as much as three days on a full cost of battery.
“In case your F-150 Lightning is plugged in when your outage happens, clever backup energy will robotically kick in to energy your private home,” stated Ryan O’Gorman, Ford’s power providers lead, in a video briefing previous to the reveal. “When energy is restored, the truck robotically reverts to charging its battery.”
Photo voltaic, battery storage and power providers supplier Sunrun has partnered with Ford to put in the 80-amp Ford Cost Station Professional and residential integration system, which comes customary with the prolonged vary battery, to energy the clever backup energy system. Whereas they’re within the neighborhood, Sunrun may also give clients the choice of putting in a photo voltaic and battery system for his or her dwelling.
For individuals who need to spend time away from dwelling, an extra 9.6 kW Professional Energy Onboard battery supply, which is up from 7.2kW within the F-150 hybrid, can energy something from loudspeakers and TVs to electrical grime bikes, round saws and jackhammers. The truck options 11 shops within the mattress, the cabin inside and the mega energy “frunk” AKA entrance trunk.
The battery additionally distributes energy intelligently. So if a driver is at a worksite powering instruments and the battery stage falls under a 3rd of its complete vary, the motive force will get a notification to allow them to determine in the event that they need to maintain at it or save the juice for driving.
Drivers additionally don’t must assume an excessive amount of about the place the closest charging station is. They will set it and neglect it, letting the truck deal with switching off professional energy onboard if the battery stage approaches the space it takes to get to the closest cost. Cost data each for the Again Up Energy and the Professional Energy are mirrored on the Ford app and the automotive’s infotainment display.
Whereas the F-150 Lightning presently may give your private home the backup energy it wants, sooner or later, the purpose is for subsequent fashions for use as a house administration instrument, in keeping with a Ford spokesperson.
“F-150 Lightning is reinventing the thought of auto energy,” stated O’Gorman.