Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a frunk with various work surfaces 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 0391270.
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 recently, including one for a frunk-mounted projection screen, a climate-controlled frunk, a frunk with a built-in shade and more headroom, a frunk with built-in work and entertainment-related features, a frunk with a moveable platform, and a frunk with wireless charging capability. Now, we have yet another, similar patent, this time outlining an idea for a frunk with work surfaces that could be used in future Ford EVs, too.
All of these patents essentially share one thing in common – they aim to make better use of the copious amounts of space created by the lack of an ICE engine in EVs, aside from simply creating a place to store additional cargo. In this case, that means incorporating multiple types of work surfaces into the frunk, each of which would fold up for easy storage when they’re not in use.
The patent shows off a couple of ways this could be achieved, including a wide, bifold surface with a handle that would be mounted in the floor of the frunk and would simply fold out when one needs a space to do things such as work on a job site or even just set food and drinks at an outdoor event. Another drawing shows a design for a trifold work surface that could be stored in an upright position in the back of the frunk, too. In either case, this is a pretty simple yet potentially very useful idea that could wind up being used in future Ford EVs if it does come to fruition.