Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 hybrid powertrain and Pro Power Onboard generator – available in the 2021 Ford F-150 – have proven to be lifesavers on a number of occasions after those trucks were used to power homes in Texas following some intense winter storms early this year, as well as helping out in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida a few months ago. Those are just a couple of reasons why the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid earned a Wards 10 Best Engines award, and the same model is also gaining ground with shoppers, too. Now, a group of F-150 Hybrids are also helping folks in the midwest recover from a group of devastating tornados that struck last week.
Ford Motor Company and Ford Fund are teaming up with emergency response organizations, nonprofit partners, local Ford dealers and regional team members to deploy six 2021 F-150 PowerBoost pickups equipped with Ford’s 7.2-kilowatt Pro Power Onboard generators to affected areas of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.
The pickups will be used to provide mobile power for crews that are working on removing debris and clean-up efforts, as well as power-up temporary shelters for those displaced by the tornados. Additionally, Ford Fund is donating $125,000 to the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, and ToolBank USA to assist in response and rebuilding efforts in affected communities.
“Ford has always been driven by the call to serve. We step up when communities need us – and we stay to see it through,” said Mary Culler, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We’re committed to providing resources for immediate needs as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. We do this by working at the grassroots level in collaboration with community leaders and trusted nonprofit organizations.”