Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 20th May
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.
“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 ford.com, and deliveries will begin in mid-2022. Sunrun will then provide customers with installation services and access to solar + storage systems.