The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is packed with innovative and downright interesting features, including, most notably, the automaker’s Pro Power Onboard generator, vehicle-to-vehicle charging capability, and the ability to power an entire home for days at a time thanks to its Ford Intelligent Backup Power feature, when properly equipped. There are many cool possibilities that these technologies present, including, it seems the ability for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning to “charge” itself.
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We know this because the folks at The Kilowatts tried plugging the F-150 Lightning into itself, and humorously enough, it actually works. Of course, there isn’t really a good reason to do such a thing, but it is rather surprising that there isn’t some sort of software that detects that the truck is plugged into itself and not another EV. Regardless, Ford says that the F-150 Lighting can charge at a rate of up to 13 miles per hour when plugged into another F-150 Lightning, but obviously that isn’t happening here.
All silly experiments aside, there are many valid uses for this technology, as we’ve already seen. Ford’s Pro Power Onboard generator launched on the 2021 Ford F-150 and has proven to be a very useful feature, helping folks power their homes during historic winter storms and natural disasters. The F-150 Lightning takes this a step further with vehicle-to-vehicle charging capability and the ability to power homes for up to three days at 30 kWh per day, or 10 days when paired with solar power. Additionally, a pilot program for the EV pickup aims to explore how it might be able to feed power back to the grid during blackouts, and its Intelligent Range feature takes the range anxiety out of towing, too.
On top of all that, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lighting offers more range, horsepower, and max payload capacity than FoMoCo’s original targets, but it won’t be easy to procure for some time. The new EV pickup entered production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center last week, but is already completely sold out for the 2022 model year.