Ford offers F-150 pickups with generators on loan to Texas homes
The onboard generators are able to support houses as the state was decimated with severe cold
Texas has faced a severe onslaught of freezing weather and a brutal winter storm that has been officially designated a major disaster for nearly a third of the counties in the state. Coming warmer weather will hopefully stop the crisis and allow recovery to begin. Either way, millions throughout the state have been and still are without electricity.
Certain F-150 owners have found a solution to that problem though. The PowerBoost variant of the truck packs a portable generator, with 7.2 kW at the highest spec. Ford Authority reported that it's enough to power a house, and many Texan owners are using it for just that purpose.
Ford itself has noticed its customers using the trucks for this purpose, and it's asked all Texas Ford dealers to loan trucks with this package to customers that don't have electricity. To get those trucks, 415 in total, out of dealer lots, Ford has turned on the incentives and is offering dealers $600 more than the standard incentive to add a vehicle to the loaner fleet. And these vehicles will still be able to be sold during the March Truck Month promotion.
In a letter to dealers, Ford wrote that "our Texas communities need all the support they can get right now. You can make a significant difference in our community by providing assistance during these very tough times.” With 415 trucks, it's not the biggest contribution, but it's a great gesture that will be very helpful for those who do get the trucks.