It’s official: Ford has revealed that the electric F-150 Lightning and the F-150 Hybrid will be equipped to offer vehicles-to-vehicle charging, and can add up to 20 miles (32 kilometres) of range each hour to the Mustang Mach-E SUV.
In the announcement, Ford detailed their “PowerBoost” technology, which allows the electrified pickups to act as mobile EV chargers. To access this feature, drivers will have to opt-in to the Pro Power Onboard add-on.
While the PowerBoost feature won’t offer quick charging, it will presumably come in handy during emergencies. Ford notes that the trucks’ “240-volt AC outlets will be able to add 20 miles of range each hour to a Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV and 13 miles per hour to a Lightning.” The automaker also reveals that EVs from other manufacturers will be able to top up as well.
Notably, this feature can also come in handy at jobsites or campsites. The automaker notes that the most powerful 9.6-kilowatt system available for the Lightning can power a tailgate party with a projector, PA system, portable hot tub, lights, portable AC, refrigerator, and two blenders.
Finally, with Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power feature (which is also an optional add-on), drivers can use their F-150 Lightning or Hybrid as a backup generator for their home during emergencies. In the future, Ford envisions this feature having the potential to help manage the load on the electrical grid during peak times.
The F-150 Lightning, which has accumulated almost 200,000 reservations, is due to start shipping to customers in spring of 2022.