Electric Cars

Ford's F-150 Lightning Will Seriously Power Your House

February 14, 2022

Ford's F-150 Lightning Intelligent Backup Power

Engineers are amazing people. They sometimes come up with ideas to add to a product that you might not necessarily think about, or even realize that you needed. Case in point, as you may have heard, in the case of a natural emergency, you can actually power your house using Ford’s excellent new F-150 Lightning all-electric truck.

It’s true. The Ford F-150 Lightning’s Intelligent Backup Power system can actually power your home for three days in the event the local power is out due to tornadoes, hurricanes, or just a downed power line. The system requires Ford’s 80-amp Charge Station Pro to feed power into your home to make this miracle happen. Plus, we’ve heard that if you are very thrifty with your power intake, you can make the juice last up to ten days!

It all started so innocently. If you are creating a ground-breaking new all-electric pickup truck, why not include onboard electrical plugs for contractors to power drills, saws, and laptops? Imagine how cool it would be that your truck could power your entire campsite for the ultimate tailgate parties. Need us to blend up some margaritas for you? No problem. It’s all part of Ford’s concept to make EVs normal to people… even helpful.

 

How to Power Your House

So seriously. You come home to find that your power is out at the house. How do you use your Ford pickup to get the lights back on? It’s actually pretty simple. Pushing electricity back into your home is almost as easy as taking electricity out: You just leave it plugged into the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and home management system.

Normally when plugged in, the truck will be drawing power from the grid to charge its batteries; if power gets cut, however, that charge stream will reverse, feeding back from the truck’s batteries. Of course, you’ll have to have the Charge Station Pro installed before a major power outage for this to work, and Ford reminds us that your house will also need to disconnect from the electrical grid, which makes sense—we doubt the Ford F-150 Lightning has enough juice in its battery to back feed enough power for your entire city.

The Charge Station Pro comes standard with the Extended Range pack and is optional with the Standard Range battery. Ford says extended-range models will give you power for three days, at 30 kWh a day, or you can stretch your use of electricity to use the battery for over a week.

If you didn’t opt to have the Charge Station Pro installed, you can still use your F-150 Lightning in the event of an outage. You will have to rely on its various onboard electrical outlets to handle your needs.

The Ford F-150 Lightning might not replace your estate’s built-in backup generator, but for regular folks, this could be a game-changer in times of need. At the very least, this could help save your freezer full of food from going to waste.

A Holiday Tale

We noticed that Ford’s advertising folks got behind this idea with a clever commercial over the holidays. It showed a small town somewhere in America powering it’s Christmas light display and lighting its plaza park Christmas tree all with a Ford F-150 Lightning.

The result of such clever marketing is that a lot of people are ordering the new EV truck. In fact, Ford has doubled production on the Lightning to 150,000 vehicles per year by 2023. The first trucks will arrive to eager customers this spring. The automaker has also tripled the production of its Mustang Mach-E to reach over 200,000 units per year.