This will save you money during peak hours.
When Texas was hit with unprecedented snowstorms earlier this year, causing severe power outages, owners of the new Ford F-150 were thankful for the truck's onboard Power Boost generator that turns the engine into a generator and temporarily restore power to their homes. In these desperate times, Ford dealers in Texas even supplied people affected by the storms with F-150 onboard generators.
An 80-amp Charge Station Pro is also available for the Ford F-150 Lightning. Not only can it restore power to homes, but it also supports vehicle-to-grid charging. This form of bidirectional charging feeds stored energy from the truck's battery pack back into the electricity grid. Some power companies will even pay you to use vehicle-to-grid charging and restore unused energy.
Volkswagen has also been testing bidirectional charging that will allow the ID.4 to support vehicle-to-grid charging. Ford's Charge Station Pro is one of the first chargers that uses all seven pins in the CCS1 type charging cord. If the power goes out while the F-150 Lightning is being charged at home with the Ford Charge Station Pro, it switches to sending 9.6 kW of electricity power to your house - enough to power a home for up to ten days if you're conservative. When the power is restored, the F-150 Lightning reverts to charging the battery.
Whenever a power switch happens, the owner is notified on the FordPass app, which can be used to change how much "buffer" energy to leave in the battery.
Cleverly, Ford's Charge Station Pro can program the F-150 Lightning to automatically power homes during peak hours such as in the late afternoon and evening and revert to charging the battery overnight when energy rates are cheaper, saving you money on energy bills.
Ford's Charge Station Pro is included with extended-range versions of the F-150 Lightning and offers charging speeds of up to 19.2 kW.