One of the “killer apps” present in the Ford F-150 Lightning is its enhanced Pro Power Onboard generator, which enables the EV pickup to charge all sorts of things – including other electrified vehicles and even entire homes for days or weeks at a time. The latter capability – which is officially known as Ford Intelligent Backup Power – utilizes a partnership with the leading solar company Sunrun, which 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. However, Sunrun is also utilizing a number of Ford F-150 Lightning pickups in its own fleet, which it just took delivery of.
Sunrun joins a host of other companies and government entities that have recently added the Ford F-150 Lightning to their fleets, a list that includes the city of Lakeland, Florida, Michigan State University, and United Rentals, to name just a few. “We’re committed to decreasing transportation emissions by transitioning half of Sunrun’s vehicle fleet to electric or hybrid by the end of 2025,” the company said in a statement. “That transition is well underway with the addition of our new fleet of electric Ford Motor Company F-150 Lightnings rolling out across the country.”
Based in San Francisco, California, Sunrun is the country’s largest residential solar and battery storage installer. The company didn’t specify how many F-150 Lighting pickups it has taken delivery of thus far, but did post a single picture showing a large group of them on social media.
In addition to using these Ford F-150 Lightning pickups for installations and service requests, Sunrun also plans on utilizing them as a portable backup energy source, which is precisely what customers can do when they pair their trucks with the aforementioned equipment.