Ford F-150 Lightning Can Now Power Your Home For Up To Three Days

The order books for the Ford F-150 Lightning are now open with the first customer deliveries planned for this spring. The base Pro model starts at just below $40,000 but if you want 300 miles of range per charge, you’ll have to upgrade to the larger battery pack which will set you back at least $72,474. If you invest in the extended-range battery option, however, you’ll also be able to power your home for up to three days thanks to the new Ford Intelligent Backup Power feature.

The Blue Oval automaker has partnered with Sunrun, one of the nation’s largest solar companies, to turn the electric truck into a power bank for your house. This is a first in the pickup truck segment and Ford promises the 131 kWh battery pack of the F-150 Lightning can deliver up to 9.6 kW of power. More importantly, based on an average US home usage of about 30 kWh per day, the zero-emissions workhorse with the extended-range battery can provide full home power for up to three days.
In order to use your F-150 Lightning as a large power bank, you will have to install Sunrun’s Home Integration System, which allows the truck to store and supply power in a variety of ways. The system consists of a power inverter and a dark start battery with a transfer switch, enabling a two-way power flow. Additionally, the company also offers home solar options and is Ford’s preferred installer of home chargers for the electric truck.

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