Truck owners are used to tapping a variety of features - torque, towing capability and more - to get things done. Now, with the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup, Ford is the first in the US to offer the ability for customers to power their homes with an electric truck when the grid goes dark, providing innovative new capabilities that enhance the energy independence of its customers.
Ford and F-Series are partnering with Sunrun to enhance home energy management, leveraging the substantial onboard battery capability of the all-electric F-150 Lightning. Americans experienced the most power interruptions on record in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
"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."
Sunrun is the preferred installer of F-150 Lightning home charging solutions, including the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System, which enables the F-150 Lightning to store and supply power to homes in a variety of ways.
"America's energy future starts at home, and partnering with Ford illustrates a momentous shift in the way we power our lives," said Mary Powell, Sunrun CEO. "No longer tethered to a carbon-intensive energy system, we'll be able to offer more paths to greater energy independence by powering homes and vehicles with the sun, while helping rapidly accelerate the transition to a clean, resilient energy future for all."
Ford Intelligent Backup Power 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. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Smart City Materials, Systems, Markets 2022-2042.
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.
The system 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 US 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.
In the future, Ford will introduce additional 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. This load shift can also help buffer the load on the nation's grid and help reduce the use of higher carbon energy without affecting daily routines or charging schedules.
Deliveries of the F-150 Lightning will begin this spring.
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