Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a frunk with built-in shade 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 0391268.
The Ford Authority Take
As Ford Authority reported just yesterday, FoMoCo recently filed a patent for a climate-controlled frunk for all-electric vehicles that’s essentially a natural extension of its existing drainable frunk, which is able to double as a cooler for keeping drinks and other items cold. Now, that trend continues with this newly-filed patent, which could preview yet another feature in future Ford EVs – a frunk with built-in shade.
As Ford notes in the patent, one of the biggest benefits of EVs is the fact that they don’t have a massive gas engine located under the hood, which makes room for additional storage. Thus, the “frunk” was born as a way to do precisely that, and thus far, Ford’s EVs all come equipped with a large one. However, this new design proposes adding not only additional headroom when the frunk is open, but also a shade to filter out the sun, too.
In the patent drawings, we can see that the proposed frunk design includes a hood that opens up to a straighter position with a flat grille, which increases head room when one is loading or unloading goods, and it also utilizes a pull-down shade. Such an item would be handy for those that intend to use the frunk as a work surface – as we can also see in the patent drawings – meaning that Ford clearly intends to optimize on this newly-found space in even more ways moving forward.