Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a climate controlled frunk that could be used in future Ford EVs, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on September 21st, 2022, published on December 7th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0391159.
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Aside from filing patents for an external heating feature for EVs and a temperature controlled vehicle hammock, The Blue Oval has also hinted that the forthcoming North American Ford Explorer EV will come equipped with a large frunk and Pro Power Onboard. Throw in the fact that the Ford Mustang Mach-E has a drainable frunk designed to double as a cooler, and perhaps it should come as no surprise that this newly filed patent outlines an idea for a climate controlled frunk that could be used in future Ford EVs as well.
The concept of a climate controlled frunk is a rather simple one, and it makes quite a bit of sense given the fact that it could present users with a ton of added functionality – such as the ability to use the frunk as a cooler for drinks while tailgating or even when transporting refrigerated goods such as food from the store to their homes. However, this patent is a bit more complex than just that, as it turns out.
Rather than simply transforming the entire frunk into a cooler using thermally conditioned air from the climate control system, Ford proposes giving owners the ability to split up this frunk “cooler” into sections, which would enable them to keep some items cold while also reserving portions of the frunk for other items that aren’t quite as temperature sensitive. It’s certainly an idea that has a lot of merit – and would presumably be relatively easy to make – and as such, it could very well be used in future Ford EVs.