Ford is coming to the US with the F-150 Lightning, an electrically powered variant of its F-150 pickup truck. What is striking is the capacity to return a total of 9.6 kW, with which the vehicle can serve as a home battery to provide the entire house with power.
There will be two different battery options, Ford reports. The exact capacity is not mentioned, but the manufacturer mentions a range of 370km and 482km. This is based on the US EPA standard, which differs from the European WLTP standard. This European standard takes more account of short distances, things like starting and stopping and city traffic. The EPA standard places greater emphasis on long distance travel. According to the European standard, the range would probably be a bit higher.
Ford does not say the exact capacity of the two battery options, but the Electrek website, based on its own calculation, puts it at a capacity of 170 to 180kWh for the option with the largest capacity, and about 138kWh for the other option. With a fast charger with a maximum available charging power of 150 kW, the largest battery could be charged from 15 to 80 percent in 41 minutes. In view of the relatively large battery capacities, Ford offers, among other things, a Charge Station Pro home charger system with a capacity of 19.2 kW.
The automaker wants to make it relatively easy to use the F-150 Lightning as a home battery during peak hours. This is the so-called Intelligent Backup Power System, which works in conjunction with the Charge Station Pro. The more expensive models of the car will be able to deliver 9.6kW, but cheaper editions will not go beyond 2.4kW. If the Charge Station detects that there is no power available, for example in the event of a power failure, the car will automatically supply power for the house. This is done via the charging cable and a gateway in collaboration with the company Sunrun.
The F-150 Lightning with the larger battery has a power of 420kW or 563hp. This makes it possible to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a time between 4 and 5 seconds. The regular version has to do with a power of 318kW or 426hp.
The truck will be available in the US in the spring of next year, for a starting price of $39,974 for the cheapest version. A more expensive version starts at $52,974. Assuming $39,974, the final net price to a buyer could be under $30,000, based on available federal and state subsidies.