Ford’s Pro Power Onboard feature has been winning awards and winning over consumers since its launch on the 2021 Ford F-150, but the forthcoming all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning promises to take its ability to power all sorts of things – including homes – to an entirely new level. In addition to powering houses for days at a time and feeding power back to the grid, the F-150 Lightning will also be capable of charging other electric vehicles, all of which has earned it plenty of accolades as well. However, as it turns out, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning may also influence how future homes are built, too.
PulteGroup, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, has teamed up with Ford and Sunrun to build two model homes near Fort Myers, Florida to explore how homeowners will live in the near future. The homes were also built specifically to harness the capabilities of the F-150 Lightning and its Ford Intelligent Backup Power feature to create energy management solutions and serve as a critical lifeline to homeowners during power outages.
Thanks to Ford’s Home Integration System and Charge Station Pro – which are integrated into the model homes – residents can enjoy up to three days of power during an outage or up to 10 days when used in conjunction with solar power. The F-150 Lightning can also optimize the homes’ energy usage by combining bidirectional power and other lower-carbon energy sources.
“Ford is committed to leading the electric vehicle revolution with new features that can make people’s lives better and more rewarding. We will continue to work with innovative companies like PulteGroup to demonstrate how the future may look…today,” said Matt Stover, Ford Global Director of Charging and Energy Services. “The ability to showcase, test and learn from the energy storage capabilities of F-150 Lighting in a real-life home setting provides us with valuable knowledge for how electric vehicles can help drive performance, capability and productivity at home, as well as on the road.”
Source: Ford Authority