Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an on board air compressor that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on December 20th, 2021, published on August 15th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11725572.
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In recent years, trucks have gained many useful features that make them better suited for things that, well, truck owners tend to use them for. That includes supplying power on the go via outlets and the automaker’s Pro Power Onboard feature. In fact, The Blue Oval has already filed patents for things like an integrated truck bed for power outlets, a system that could help provide more power for outlets installed in Ford hybrid vehicles, and a new Pro Power Onboard interface. However, this newly filed patent makes it seem as if some future Ford vehicles may also get an on board air compressor, too.
Currently, many aftermarket companies offer air compressors that can be added to all kinds of vehicles – including a host of Ford trucks – and this type of item is typically featured in the medium-duty F-650/F-750 lineup for commercial purposes. However, this patent filing seems to indicate that Ford is thinking about offering an air compressor directly from the factory for a wide variety of models, both pure ICE and even hybrids.
In this case, the air compressor could utilize exhaust gases to provide compressed air via a pair of pistons – one of which moves in response to spent exhaust gases, while the other piston compresses the air on demand. That compressed air would be stored in a tank, so that it’s ready to go whenever the user needs it. It’s a relatively simple idea, albeit one that could be potentially very attractive to folks that use air compressors on a regular basis, making it quite viable for use in future Ford vehicles.