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Ford Patents Portable Battery Packs For EVs, Electronic Devices

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for portable battery packs for EVs and other electronic devices with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on July 28th, 2020, and published on February 3rd, 2022.

The Ford Authority Take

Back in October of 2020, Ford filed a patent for a removable, range-extending generator that would theoretically sit in the bed of a pickup like a toolbox. It contained an engine, fuel tank, exhaust system, and electronics in one package, which would presumably kick in when an EV pickup – such as the Ford F-150 Lightning – is facing a low state of charge in its main battery pack.

This new patent provides a different way to tackle range anxiety, using a portable battery pack that would reside in the F-150 Lighting’s (or any other EV’s) frunk and could be used as a secondary battery pack(s) or range extender for the EV itself, or be utilized as a way to charge other vehicles or electronic devices. According to the patent, a vehicle utilizing these battery packs could also be moved autonomously using a “Following Mode” to follow the operator of another electronic device or EV.

From the patent images provided, we can see that the portable battery packs would essentially extend through the grille of the vehicle, almost like the giant battery banks that people already use to charge things like smartphones and laptops. This sort of technology would complement the existing vehicle-to-vehicle charging capability present in the Ford F-150 PowerBoost and F-150 Lightning with a more portable option that could go a long way in addressing concerns over range anxiety, if it ever comes to fruition.

We’ll have more on this and all of Ford’s trademark and patent filings soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford trademark news, Ford business news, Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsF-150 Lightning news, and non-stop 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. CommonSense

    Wow, so being a Ford product they will break down on the eighth use and start rusting about fifteen minutes after you sign the sales contract. Who cares.

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  2. Darrel Thibodeaux

    As far as it goes, why would I give up my battery pack that just needs a charge (but I know has all good cells) for one that may have cells that are just hanging on by a thread. And believe me, you can count on these swapped batteries getting recycled cells. Then you will not be sure if they will last the same time as your original one.

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