Author: FutureCar Staff
Ford Motor Co is offering a new feature for its 2022 F-150 lighting and hybrid trucks called the “Power Pro Onboard,” which is a 240-volt on-board generator that can charge Ford and other makes of electric vehicles, 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 capacity as a way to “share miles” with other electric vehicles, and the on-board 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.
“Ford Pro Power Onboard offers hundreds of benefits, and we’ve added one more,” said Patrick Soderborg, Ford’s electrical transmission systems engineer. “Taking electricity on the road or having extra power around the house brings a lot of convenience and security, and using the F-150 Lightning or the F-150 Hybrid to supplement a friend’s electric vehicle or Helping it out during a breakdown is one of the many new benefits our customers are getting 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 provide Level 2 charging that can add an average range of 20 miles per hour of charging for the Mustang Mach-E equipped with the optional extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, according to Ford.
The Ford mobile power cord plugs into the socket on 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 on-board generator can add up to 13 miles of range per hour. For the Ford E-Transit electric van, the on-board charger can add approximately 10 miles of range per hour.
The on-board external charger requires a separate power adapter to connect the Ford mobile power cord to their truck. Once connected to the F-150 Lightning’s 240-volt Pro Power Onboard outlet, customers can use the mobile power cord to charge a range of all-electric vehicles using the standard SAE J1772 charging 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 electric vehicles from other manufacturers.
The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid pickup currently features a 7.2 kilowatt Pro Power on-board generator that can be used to power Ford tools, accessories and mobile power cord.
The 2022 F-150 Lightning that will arrive 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’s smart backup power supply. 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 sized home for up to three days in the event of a power failure, according to Ford. .
“There are so many new opportunities to innovate with features and functions made possible only by electrification,” said Soderborg. “It really hit home during the Texas electricity crisis last February, which left millions in the cold. The F-150 Hybrid has helped many Texans stay warm and stay powered up during those tough times thanks to Pro Power Onboard – and we’re trying to do even more with the F-150 Lightning. “
In addition to the onboard generator options, 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 massive cargo space, or “frunk” where the gasoline engine once was.
The lockable front cargo area includes additional power outlets. It is equipped with four 120-volt AC Pro Power on-board electrical outlets and two USB ports. It is also waterproof 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, along with the ability to share some of that power with other EV drivers.