The New Ford F-150 Electric Truck is a ‘Beast’ With Electricity to Share

by Duane Nichols on May 23, 2021

A range extender package will increase the miles between charges

Ford Says Electric F-150 Will Start Under $40,000. It Can Also Power Your Home

From an Article by Camila Domonoske, National Public Radio, May 19, 2021

Ford unveils its new all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup Wednesday at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. The truck will come with a price tag that starts at just under $40,000.

There was some lofty rhetoric when Ford and the United Auto Workers union revealed the all-electric F-150 Lighting pickup Wednesday in Dearborn, Mich.

A solemn voiceover declared it “an electric truck that can match the ambitions of this nation.” Ford CEO Jim Farley made a simpler case: “It hauls ass and tows like a beast.”

Ford is touting the much-anticipated vehicle as not just a pickup, but a mobile power plant — with a price tag designed to draw mainstream attention. The Lightning has a starting price of $39,974, lower than what was widely expected, making it roughly competitive with gas-powered pickups (which currently average more than $50,000). When you factor in a federal tax credit, which Ford qualifies for and Tesla no longer does, it’s the cheapest electric pickup confirmed so far.

Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights at car data company Edmunds, calls that price “compelling,” noting that Ford has the advantage of “economies of scale that most companies — particularly smaller, newer entrants to this space — can only dream of.”

The F-150 Lightning will have a range of 230 or 300 miles, depending on the battery choice, and can add 54 miles of range for every 10 minutes on a fast charger. Those are not eye-popping figures — other automakers are making more ambitious promises for their battery-powered pickups.

But in addition to touting towing capacity, speedy acceleration and other on-road essentials, Ford is emphasizing what the Lightning can do at a standstill — namely, run a work site or power a home during an emergency. Eleven built-in outlets allow drivers to run multiple power tools at a work site or kitchen appliances at a campsite. (The new hybrid F-150 offers a similar feature.)

And when it’s plugged in at home and the power goes out, the Lightning can automatically send electricity back into your home, keeping the lights on for days, Ford says. That potential selling point may be particularly appealing just months after devastating storms in Texas caused prolonged blackouts, which Farley explicitly referenced during the unveiling.

This kind of bidirectional flow of power has always been a hypothetical advantage of electric vehicles — when they aren’t actively driving, they’re giant, charged-up batteries. But for most current electric vehicle owners, it’s not easy to access that energy. Ford isn’t the only automaker that wants to change that. Hyundai and Kia are also marketing bidirectional charging as a feature of their new electric vehicles.

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Kelly Pickerel May 24, 2021 at 7:09 am

SUNRUN will install charging stations for Ford’s electric F-150, which can serve as home energy backup

By Kelly Pickerel, Solar Power World, May 20, 2021

The Ford Motor Company has chosen Sunrun to serve as the preferred installer of the home charging system for the new all-electric F-150 Lightning truck. The electric truck can serve as a stand-alone battery system in emergencies via its “Ford Intelligent Backup Power” option. Yes — the F-150 Lightning can serve as a home backup energy source during a power outage event, providing 9.6 kW of power.

The backup power is enabled by the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and home integration system that will be installed by Sunrun dealers.

“Whether sheltering during a storm or trying to stay safe in a heat wave, customers can now use their truck to give themselves power when they need it most,” said Ryan O’Gorman, electric vehicle manager, strategic partnerships, Ford. “F-150 Lightning is built for seamless transitions between charging your vehicle and powering your house when needed – and Ford is the first in the U.S. to offer this capability on an electric truck.”

Through the Sunrun/Ford partnerships, customers will be provided the opportunity to install a solar + storage system on their home.

“Ford is a trusted brand that’s been at the forefront of American innovation for over 100 years, and it is exciting to see them electrifying their most popular truck in company history,” said Lynn Jurich, Sunrun CEO and Co-Founder. “We’re at the beginning stages of a partnership that can bring energy resilience to millions of Americans across the country.”

In the future, Ford said it will introduce Ford Intelligent Power, which would allow the electric truck to power homes during high-cost, peak-energy hours.

Reservations for the F-150 Lightning are open now at, and deliveries will begin in mid-2022. Sunrun will then provide customers with installation services and access to solar + storage systems.


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