Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a remote power system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on July 20th, 2022, published on January 25th, 2024, and assigned serial number 0025361.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford’s Pro Power Onboard feature has been a smash hit with consumers and critics alike since it originally debuted a couple of years ago, and as such, it makes sense that the automaker has filed multiple patents aimed at expanding the use of onboard generators in the future. That list includes ideas for a vehicle connectivity system for enhancing power tool operation, an integrated truck bed for power outlets, and retractable extension cords, to name just a few. Now, that trend continues with this newly-filed patent outlining an idea for a remote power system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, too.
As Ford notes in the patent filing, many new vehicles come equipped with some sort of power outlets, whether they be located inside the cabin, the bed, or even the front trunk of EVs. These outlets are incredibly useful for a number of applications ranging from job sites to camping trips, but it stands to reason that users may benefit from being able to use those outlets remotely as well.
By that, Ford means making it so these power outlets can extend out from the vehicle for a specific distance, much like an extension cord – though in this case, the entire outlet itself would be capable of doing precisely that. This would allow users to plug in multiple devices and use them at a distance, then wind it back up using the built-in reel. It’s certainly an interesting and potentially highly useful feature, and as such, it seems viable for use in future Ford vehicles.