The ability of a pickup truck is just not all about torque, horsepower, towing and hauling. Ford’s latest electrical F-150 Lightning, which was unveiled Wednesday, is attempting 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 point out customers the advantages of an all-electric automobile. Others, equivalent to Lucid Motors have additionally touted this functionality.
Extreme winter storms in February precipitated a large energy outage in Texas, with greater than 4.5 million properties and companies left with out energy for days. 151 folks had been killed because of this. The F-150 Lightning’s 9.6 kW of Clever Backup Energy can present full-home 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 own home,” mentioned 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 commonplace 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 many who wish 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 dust bikes, round saws and jackhammers. The truck options 11 retailers 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 degree falls beneath a 3rd of its whole vary, the motive force will get a notification to allow them to determine in the event that they wish to preserve at it or save the juice for driving.
Drivers additionally don’t have to suppose an excessive amount of about the place the closest charging station is. They will set it and overlook it, letting the truck deal with switching off Professional Energy onboard if the battery degree 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 automobile’s infotainment display screen.
Whereas the F-150 Lightning at present may give your own home the backup energy it wants, sooner or later, the intention is for subsequent fashions for use as a house administration software, in keeping with a Ford spokesperson.
“F-150 Lightning is reinventing the thought of auto energy,” mentioned O’Gorman.