The Pro Power Onboard technology in the Ford F-150 Lightning and F-150 hybrid turns the truck into a moving generator. We’ve seen how the F-150 Hybrid helped tornado victims in Kentucky a couple weeks ago as well as during an ice storm in Texas last year. But now Ford is offering a Mobile Power Cord that will allow F-150 Lightning and F-150 PowerBoost owners to “share” range with other electric vehicle owners, allowing them to charge a friend’s vehicle during an outage or top off an EV battery for a neighbor.
When connected to an F-150 Lightning or F-150 PowerBoost with the optional 9.6 or 7.2 kilowatt Pro Power Onboard, the Ford Mobile Power Cord charger can deliver Level-2 charging, which is estimated to add an average range of 20 miles per charging hour on a Mustang Mach-E with extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive. It will add up to 13 miles of charge per hour on the upcoming F-150 Lightning, and it will add an average range of 10 miles per charging hour to a Ford E-Transit low-roof cargo van.
But the cord will work with most other EVs out there, essentially turning these two F-150 trucks into mobile Level-2 charging stations.
“There are hundreds of benefits to Ford Pro Power Onboard – and we’ve added one more,” said Patrick Soderborg, Ford e-powertrain systems engineer. “Taking power on the road or having extra energy at home brings a lot of convenience and security, and using the F-150 Lightning or F-150 hybrid to top off a friend’s electric vehicle or help them during an outage is one of the many new benefits our customers gain from our Built Ford Tough electrified trucks.”
Customers can easily take advantage of this capability, using a widely available power adaptor to link the Ford Mobile Power Cord to their truck. Once connected to the 240-volt Pro Power Onboard outlet, customers can use the Mobile Power Cord to charge a range of all-electric vehicles that use the SAE J1772 charge port. This includes the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Ford E-Transit electric van and the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup, as well as vehicles from other manufacturers.
Using the Mobile Power Cord, plug in to the bed of the truck in the 30A (240-volt outlet) and then put the other end using adapter L14-30P to 14-50R into the vehicle that needs a charge. This only works on trucks equipped with the 7.2 kW Onboard generator or the 9.6 kW version, which will debut exclusively in the F-150 Lightning this spring.
Ford says this power cord is included in the purchase of a Ford EV. The adaptor (not included), which is available for around $15, might’ve made a great addition to my suggested holiday gift guide. Regardless, Mobile Power Cord represents yet another bit of technology to make charging an EV easier and showcases the power of the F-150 Hybrid as more than just another pickup truck. It really is a generator on wheels.
This could come in handy during a time of need, so why not?