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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Will Be Able To Regularly Power Homes

Ford’s Pro Power Onboard generator that launched on the 2021 Ford F-150 has proven to be a very useful feature, helping folks power their homes during historic winter storms and natural disasters, which has earned it numerous awards over the past year or so. However, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning aims to take things a step further with its vehicle-to-vehicle charging capability and ability to power homes solely using electricity stored in its battery pack. Now, Ford has revealed exactly how the latter feature – dubbed Ford Intelligent Backup Power – will work.

When it launches this spring, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will be the first EV capable of powering an entire home, and Ford is partnering with leading solar company Sunrun to make this feature useful not only when the power is out, but also as a way to save money on electricity. Sunrun is also Ford’s preferred company when it comes to installing at-home charging solutions like the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System, which enables the F-150 Lightning to store and supply power to homes in a variety of ways.

Ford Intelligent Backup Power allows owners to store up to 131 kilowatt-hours of energy and retrieve up to 9.6 kilowatts of power when equipped with the F-150 Lightning’s extended range battery pack, which will set customers back at least $74k, as Ford Authority reported last month. Ford Intelligent Backup Power and the Home Integration System pair up to provide power automatically when needed, then revert back to the grid once power is restored. An F-150 Lightning equipped with the extended range battery pack can power an average home, which uses around 30 kWh of power per day, for up to three days, or 10 days when paired with solar power.

To take advantage of this ingenious power backup system, F-150 Lightning owners must have the Ford Charge Station Pro – which comes standard with extended range battery-equipped trucks and is optional with standard range models – as well as the Home Integration System, which is available through Sunrun. Later on, the automaker plans to add even more functionality to this feature, including the ability to use the F-150 Lightning to power homes when electricity rates are higher while replenishing the battery during off-peak hours.

We’ll have more on Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power system soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsF-150 Lightning news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. crabbymilton

    Glad I wasn’t drinking coffee when I was reading that otherwise I would have sprayed coffee all over the screen from laughing. Sure go ahead and use the truck to power the house. But then don’t cry after the thing konks out on the freeway.

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  2. frank

    Good thoughts but to power a house means a Electrical Contractor and the ice power pack has to be parked a distance from the house because of fumes. Have you priced the home electrical needs which could be in the five thousand range if you have to up grade your service

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  3. David Dickinson

    I guess this is why Californians are buying EVs.

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  4. Everyday Patriot

    Again at the forefront of innovation and progress: Ford!
    I’m happy to own Fords, and to ‘own’ Ford——several shares, and growing.
    I’ll bet there are millions of good, hard-working Americans suffering from loss of electricity in their homes, which——-unless I’m mistaken——can’t be remedied with an ICE vehicle, but properly wired, could at least get a few hours a day of recovery via a Ford F-150 Lightning. I’ll bet (confidently) there’ll be increased interest in the Lightning——-as if there’s not enough already.
    Well done, Ford!

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  5. NCEcoBoost

    Guess this is what it’ll take to sell EVs outside of California. Pretty pathetic! Especially when you forget to immediately charge the truck and it won’t go more than a mile afterward.

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  6. Janet Johnson

    If you already have solar then Sunrun won’t help you. I called them to find out what it would cost to have the charger and switch installed. Wanted to see if I needed to upgrade my panel also. They tried selling me solar and when I said I had solar they told me to call my solar company instead.

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    1. Dave Grizzle

      That was an interesting bit of information. I have called my solar company and they are not up to speed on getting the Lightening setup for powering the house. I guess no one is except Sunrun. Also even though I have a Tesla car, they (Tesla) will not install a battery backup system without using Tesla solar panels. And my solar power company will not install Tesla battery wall units. I would like to have battery backup, but that is about a $17K setup right now. We have had full day outages where it would have been great to have the house powered all day by the solar panels. Hopefully Ford will make the process to connect existing solar users like us straight forward and not let Sunrun be an obstacle to getting it done.

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  7. Bill Howland

    Well, even the cheapo lightning for $40,000 has 2400 watts available to run SOME things in the home with (an) extension cord(s). So any ridiculous FORD/SUNRUN pricing plans may be avoided by most customers if they do not want to spend the money…

    Those comments about the battery going dead are RIDICULOUS. If an owner can afford a $40,000 to $110,000 new vehicle – it is assumed they are also smart enough to have at least HALF A BRAIN…

    During an emergency of UNKNOWN length, prudence would suggest you don’t heat the home to 82 degrees (but running the small amount of electricity a gas, propane, or oil furnace requires is probably okay), and run refrigerators, sump pumps, TV, Radio, computers, cell phones, and a FEW lights ONLY.. Under such conditions the truck will last over a week and still have 50 miles or so to get a SECURE recharge.

    I suppose the dopiest among us could have 3 ICE powered trucks in their driveway and have no gasoline in any of them….. Its up to the owner to maintain a source of energy somewhere – along with monitoring occasionally the remaining supply for future intended use.

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  8. JOHN MISIEWICZ

    You can tell all those negative comments are from Chevy guys. Goob jod Ford.

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  9. marty zolton

    how can I buy or get the pro charging equipment before my lightning is delivered

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  10. James Hubbard

    How much when can I buy

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