Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup needs a $3,900 home device to use it as backup power

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Ford has confirmed the terms of its “Home Integration System,” which enables the F-150 Lightning electrical pickup to powerfulness your location successful lawsuit of an outage.

It volition outgo $3,895 earlier installation which is really rather a bully price…

When Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning, 1 of the features that created the astir buzz was its enactment for bi-directional charging: Ford intelligent Backup Power.

It means that the electrical pickup motortruck tin nonstop powerfulness backmost to powerfulness a home, different vehicle, oregon virtually thing it tin plug into.

In March, Ford unveiled the Ford Charge Station Pro, a bi-directional location charging presumption that works with the upcoming F-150 Lightning electrical pickup truck.

At the time, we were impressed by the outgo of the location charger. At $1,310, it is mode much costly than your mean location charging solution, but it is rated 80-amp and it offers bi-directional capableness – 2 precise invaluable features.

Also, it is included successful the terms of the Extended Range mentation of the Lightning, and therefore, you lone request to bargain the charging presumption with the Standard Range F-150 Lightning.

However, we noted that to unlock the bi-directional capableness of the Ford Charge Station Pro, it needs to beryllium combined with Ford’s Home Integration System done its installation partner, Sunrun.

We didn’t cognize the terms of this further device, but Matthew Stover, Ford’s director, Charging and Energy Services, has present confirmed (via Tom Moloughney) that it starts astatine $3,895 earlier installation:

If you privation your motortruck to powerfulness your location during an outage, instrumentality vantage of Ford Intelligent Backup Power and get the Home Integration System that works with the Charge Station Pro. The Home Integration System is required to genuinely instrumentality vantage of two-way powerfulness travel of F-150 Lightning. This strategy consists of an inverter, transportation power and battery, and volition beryllium sold done Sunrun for $3,895, with installation costs babelike connected your idiosyncratic location setup. When the powerfulness goes out, the strategy automatically disconnects from the inferior enactment and switches implicit to Ford Intelligent Backup Power truthful that the motortruck tin nonstop powerfulness to your house.

That’s starting to adhd up, particularly for an proprietor of a Standard Range F-150 Lightning who would person to bargain $5,200 worthy of hardware positive installation to instrumentality vantage of the truck’s location backup-power capacity.

Though support successful caput that it replaces a full location artillery battalion system, which is expensive. For example, a azygous Tesla Powerwall would outgo you $11,500, and that’s if you tin get one. The Powerwall astatine 14.4kWh holds astir 1/10th of the artillery of a 300 mile F-150.

The question that indispensable beryllium asked: When is Tesla going to get successful this game, oregon does it not privation to interfere with its lucrative Powerwall business?

Also, volition Ford alteration this functionality connected its different EVs similar the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit vans? We’re proceeding that determination volition beryllium much connected that soon and it could make a wide differentiator vs. different EV manufacturers.

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