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After much of the south saw record-breaking low temperatures, rolling blackouts and several inches of ice and snow, we started hearing stories where people used their 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid’s generator to power their space heaters and keep the lights on in their homes. Publisher Tim Esterdahl decided to do a Livestream to explain how to power your house with the 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid generator.

Ford loans out PowerBoost trucks to save Texans

These trucks proved so useful to their owners during the storms in Texas that Ford asked its dealers to loan out their Powerboost trucks to people without power. The trucks were used to power homes and small businesses during the long week of rolling blackouts.

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Tim’s video explains how the generator works, when the engine runs on battery vs. gas, how to connect to your house safely, and how owning one of these trucks can lead to peace of mind when it comes to winter storms.

He also talks about what makes the PowerBoost hybrid different from other trucks that have an outlet in the back. The difference is other trucks have to keep running to give you power. The PowerBoost can power your house without being turned on thanks to the power stored in the batteries.

The F-150 hybrid is actually a generator that produces 7.2 kilowatts of power.

You can use the power stored in the batteries without the truck being turned on. When the battery runs low, the truck turns on to recharge the batteries.

If you are using more than 2400 watts, the engine will run at the same time as you’re running the plugs. In most cases, you’ll be using less than that cause you’re running minimal things just to stay warm, keep the fridge on, etc.

The generator is very quiet and the truck uses very little gas to charge the battery.

Be sure to watch the video because Tim explains everything in detail and knowing how your truck’s on-board generator works could save your life!

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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