Ford's Available ‘Power Pro Onboard' Generator for the 2022 F-150 Lightning Supports Vehicle-to-Vehicle Charging
Ford Motor Co is offering a new feature for its 2022 F-150 Lighting and Hybrid trucks called "Power Pro Onboard", which is a 240-volt on board generator that can charge Ford and other brands of electric vehicle, such as the Mach-E, or be used to power a home in the event of a power failure.
Ford bills Power Pro Charging's vehicle-to-vehicle charging capability as a way to "share miles" with other electric vehicles and the onboard 240-volt generator essentially makes a Ford vehicle a "generator on wheels."
Pro Power Onboard is available for the 2022 F-150 Lightning and F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid trucks.
"There are hundreds of benefits to Ford Pro Power Onboard – and we've added one more," said Patrick Soderborg, Ford e-powertrain systems engineer. "Taking power on the road or having extra energy at home brings a lot of convenience and security, and using the F-150 Lightning or F-150 hybrid to top off a friend's electric vehicle or help them during an outage is one of the many new benefits our customers gain from our Built Ford Tough electrified trucks."
When connected to an F-150 Lightning or F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid vehicle with the optional 9.6 or 7.2 kilowatt Pro Power Onboard, the Ford Mobile Power Cord charger can deliver Level-2 charging that can add an average range of 20 miles per charging hour for the Mustang Mach-E equipped with the optional extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, according to Ford.
Ford Mobile Power Cord plugs into the outlet in the bed of the F-150 Lightning and the other end plugs into the vehicle being charged.
When plugged into another F-150 Lightning, the Pro Power Onboard generator can add up to 13 miles of range per hour. For the Ford E-Transit electric cargo van, the onboard charger can add around 10 miles of range per hour.
The onboard external charger requires a separate power adaptor to link the Ford Mobile Power Cord to their truck. Once connected to the 240-volt Pro Power Onboard outlet on the F-150 Lightning, customers can use the Mobile Power Cord to charge a range of all-electric vehicles that use the standard SAE J1772 charge port.
These vehicles include the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Ford E-Transit electric van and the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup, as well as EVs from other manufacturers.
The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid pickup currently has an available 7.2 kilowatt Pro Power Onboard generator that can be used to power tools, accessories and the Ford Mobile Power Cord.
The 2022 F-150 Lightning arriving next spring will debut with an available 9.6 kilowatt Pro Power Onboard power source.
The new F-150 Lightning can also power an entire home using Ford Intelligent Backup Power. Instead of installing a home generator or battery backup system like Tesla's Powerwall, the F-150 Lightning can be used to power a typical-size home for up to three days in the event of a power outage, according to Ford.
"There are so many new opportunities to innovate with features and functions made possible only through electrification," said Soderborg. "This really hit home during the Texas power crisis last February, which left millions in the cold. F-150 Hybrid helped many Texans keep warm and powered up during those difficult times thanks to Pro Power Onboard – and we're trying to do even more with F-150 Lightning."
In addition to the options on board generator, the F-150 Lightning Pro, which is aimed at commercial customers, brings a host of new technologies and features never before offered in a pickup, including a massive cargo space, or "frunk" where the gas engine once was.
The lockable front cargo space includes additional power outlets. Its equipped with four 120-volt AC Pro Power Onboard electrical outlets and two USB ports. It's also water-tight and can hold cargo weighing up to 400 pounds.
With Power Pro Charging and the F-150 Lightning, Ford customers will always have the power they need to get the job done, as well as the ability to share some of that power with other EV drivers.
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