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Ford F-150 Hybrid Is Practical For Charging Dead EVs: Video

Late last year, The Blue Oval revealed that its lineup of vehicles would feature vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) charging capabilities, allowing them to lend power to dead electric vehicles in need, such as a Tesla Model 3. Ford F-150 pickups outfitted with Pro Power Onboard technology, as well as the F-150 Lightning, were even shipped off to Kentucky to lend aid during historic flooding events earlier this year. Now, EV Pulse, a YouTube channel that specializes in all things EV, recently put an F-150 PowerBoost hybrid to the test to find out how quickly and practically the truck could resurrect a dead Tesla.

As a reminder, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid features a 7.2 kW onboard generator. EV Pulse wonders how long this system would take to charge an EV, and if it proves practical, then it could certainly prove to be a valuable vehicle for recovery companies to have in their fleets. To test the speed and efficiency with which an F-150 PowerBoost can charge, they start their F-150 with a full tank, and will measure how much fuel is burned during the charging process.

The goal is to charge the Tesla from 50 percent to 90 percent. The Ford F-150 hybrid handles this no problem, and easily sustains its peak output rating of 7.2 kW throughout the test. With the continuous output, the pickup’s RPMs never exceed 1,000, meaning that its running engine stays quiet throughout the charging process. It only took three hours to charge the Tesla from 50 to 90 percent, and the F-150 only consumed a little over three gallons of fuel. That translates to roughly 32 miles of driving range per gallon.

EV Pulse notes that while a generator is a far more affordable option for charging an EV than a whole Ford F-150 hybrid, in a pinch, the truck’s generator capabilities have more than just one functionality. It can also provide power for campsites, power tools and other necessary electronics.

“You can bet money that if we were in the business of rescuing stranded EVs, we would have the F-150 hybrid in our fleet,” EV Pulse concludes.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Jerry K

    For when a useless EV strands your family on country’s expansive highway system. How ironic. No wonder EVs are failing on a large scale.

    1. RC Mills

      How is it different from when a Useless ICE strands your family on the country’s expansive highway system because that driver did exactly the same thing as the EV driver and did not monitor the “fuel” level of their vehicle. In either case you need someone to bring you “fuel” to get you back on the road. The article is just stating that while few if any vehicles carry a can of gas to help you hapless ICE drivers. In this case a simple Hybrid F150 can give the driver a “can of electrons” in 20 or 30 minutes to get them on their way to the nearest charging station, no different from a gallon of gas to get you to the nearest gas station.

      If you are one of those anti EV fools why do you read and comment on the articles intended for smart people with a future vision. Time to sell your buggy whip stock

      1. Steve

        First of all EV’s are a waste of money, that’s the truth. Like it or not, facts are facts. Just like cordless drills, they are disposable. Can you rebuild an EV? Is it worth it? Will you see an EV with antique plates? EV’s are for those that need to feed the instant gratification bug of felling better than those of us that have gas powered vehicles. Just like solar power. The day I wait hours to recharge my car is the day I really need to reexamine my life and find out where I went off the deep end and get off the meds. Just wait all you EV owners, you will be payer “your fair share” soon. The government will find a way to tax the crap out of your EV for using the road us gas guzzlers built.

  2. Bill Howland


    That is truly amazing the very high fuel efficiency of this F150-Power-Pro, if true..

    32 MPG even after going through the inefficiencies of making electricity and charging a battery? Pretty amazing… Of course to go from 50 to 90% for a Tesla means that it only has a smallish 50 kwh battery – or smaller considering that there is some inefficiency in the Tesla charging its battery – in other words 20 kwh from the truck does not totally make it into chemical energy in the Tesla battery – probably 18 kwh at best – but then an old tesla may have a shrinking battery.

    But it is what it is and the truck’s efficiency is fantastic when making electricity.

  3. Ford Owner

    Ford always makes the best hybrid vehicles, as I have a 2014 Fusion Hybrid that gets over 40 MPG every day and has reached 54 one day. Ford must continue to produce hybrids for drivers who cannot charge an electric, or need to travel very long distances. And all the Ford SUVs should br plug-in hybrids.

  4. Dave Mathers

    Gee, if only Ford had an EV that could have been used for this story!! D’oh.

  5. Evsrjunk

    Title of the article is charging dead evs. Not 50% to 90%. Big difference. Not to mention it took 3 hours to do it. Worthless.

  6. erock92

    TFL Truck already did something like this on their YouTube channel a long while ago. They’ve done tons of real world tests with the F-150 hybrid as a matter of fact.

  7. Bob

    Recharging for 30 mins with. 7.2kw source will get you about 3kw of power.
    You better have a real, working, charge station close by.
    And yea, what another misleading story title from Ford Authority.


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