Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 hybrid powertrain and Pro Power Onboard generator – available in the 2021 Ford F-150 – have proven to be a literal and figurative lifesaver on a number of occasions recently. First, a number of 2021 Ford F-150 hybrids were used to power homes in Texas following this year’s intense winter storms and the automaker even asked dealers to loan them out to needy residents as well.
Just last month, a PowerBoost pickup came to the rescue when the power went out at a wedding reception. Now, a number of 2021 Ford F-150 hybrids are once again being used as tools to help those in need, this time in Louisiana.
As most are aware, Hurricane Ida ripped through Louisiana last week, causing serious damage and some of the worst flooding the area has seen since Hurricane Katrina years ago. Ida measured in at a whopping 414 miles wide, with winds cresting 150 miles per hour, making it the fifth-strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in history.
As a result, one million people will be without power for weeks, creating a very dangerous situation in the heat of summer. A number of Michigan-based Ford dealers decided to help out by sending a number of Pro Power Onboard-equipped PowerBoost F-150s to Louisiana, where they can once again be used to provide portable power for those in need.
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These hybrid pickups are capable of supplying up to 7.2 kW of electricity, which is enough to power an entire home. In addition to air conditioning and lights, the pickup can provide enough juice to charge smartphones, run a fridge or freezer with food in it, or even a TV to help citizens stay up to date with the latest news. And after enduring such a massive crisis, those are the types of basic things New Orleans residents will certainly appreciate.