Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a frunk with built-in work and entertainment-related features that could be used in future Ford EVs, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on August 22nd, 2022, published on December 7th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0391267.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford has filed a number of patents related to possible uses of frunks (or front-mounted trunks) in its future EVs, including one for a frunk-mounted projection screen, a climate-controlled frunk, and a frunk with a built-in shade and more headroom. Now, we have yet another, similar patent, this time outlining an idea for a frunk with built-in work and entertainment-related features that could be used in future Ford EVs, too.
As is the case with the aforementioned patents, this new filing aims to find new ways to utilize the extra space created by the lack of a gas-powered engine in EV models. In this case, Ford proposes using that space for work or entertainment purposes by installing things like peg boards to hold tools, toolboxes, a sliding shelf/work surface, a fold-down grille that could act as a table, and a video screen, all of which could be used for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps more importantly, the frunk design outlined in this patent is modular, meaning that it’s designed so that it can be configured in many different ways. Additionally, the large screen depicted is mounted so that it’s out of the way when not in use, and it doesn’t take away much from the frunk’s cargo-carrying capacity, presumably. The possibilities here are quite vast, but in addition to storing things in frunks in the future, it stands to reason that we’ll be using that newfound space for all kinds of other purposes, too.