Ford’s Pro Power Onboard that debuted on the 2021 Ford F-150 has proven to be remarkably useful over the last year or so, including its lifesaving heroics during this year’s historic Texas winter storm that prompted Ford to ask dealers to lend pickups to those in need. The automaker also shipped F-150s equipped with Pro Power Onboard to Louisianna after Hurricane Ida, and a Ford employee’s pickup saved the day at a wedding reception back in August, while the generator can also power an entire mobile kitchen. All of this helped the F-150 PowerBoost earn a Wards 10 Best Engines award recently, and now, Pro Power Onboard has been named one of Time‘s 100 best inventions of 2021.
“Big trucks love to flaunt their capabilities,” the magazine notes. “But the new Ford F-150 makes a claim you don’t hear too often: it will power your house. Beyond its payload and towing capabilities, the truck’s hybrid and electric models feature an optional Pro Power Onboard system that transforms the vehicle into a full-on generator able to supply up to 9.6 kilowatts of power – enough juice to run a typical home for three days, according to Ford.”
In addition to the highly-touted 7.2 kW available with Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 hybrid and the Ford F-150 Lightning‘s top-tier 9.6 kW offering, the automaker also offers 2.0 kW versions on trucks equipped with Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6, 3.5L EcoBoost V6, and 5.0L Coyote V8. Additionally, PowerBoost pickups come standard with 2.4 kW of portable power, which is enough to power a jackhammer and a compact concrete mixer at the same time.
The higher-powered systems are incredibly capable and can run all the tools needed to frame a house, including a miter saw, circular saw, hammer drill, air compressor, floodlights, and a battery charger, all at the same time. But for most folks thus far, the ability to power a house when disaster strikes has proven to be worth every penny this option costs.