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Ford trucks keep the power on in a frosty Texas

During the recent freak cold spell, Ford rushed to the rescue with their Power Pro equipped trucks.

After a monstrously cold weather front rushed south across the United States plunging a great deal of surprised southern states into a deep freeze, Ford has come to the rescue.

The 30-year lows of -18°C or 0°F saw power outages across many states including Texas, as a surge in demand for electricity for heaters saw the supply unable to meet the demand. While the situation is now beginning to return to normal, the whole affair brought out a surprise hero. Ford and its dealerships in the Lone Star State.

One switched on F150 owner managed to stay switched on courtesy of the onboard generator unit in his truck. The current generation F150 has an incredibly practical option in the Power Pro Onboard, a 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery coupled to the engine. All models bar the 3.3l V6 get the optional 2kW generator, and the Powerboost Hybrid models have a standard 2.4kW unit that can be upgraded to a 7.2kW system, capable of providing power for 32 hours at max load, on a full tank of fuel.

The 7.2 kW set up gives you four 120V 20A outlets and one 240V NEMA L14-30R socket.

The 7.2 kW set up gives you four 120V 20A outlets and one 240V NEMA L14-30R socket.

According to the Blue Oval, even the lowest output generators can power a bevy of household electrical appliances. With 415 such equipped trucks on lots across Texas, many of them were mobilised out to households in need to keep the power on and people warm. Good stuff from Ford.

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Comments (7)

  • EV truck manufacturers should be taking notes and integrating gasoline range extenders that would ease range anxiety as well as serve as a power generator in emergency situations.

      11 days ago
    • I can’t see full on utility vehicles going full electric for a while, or not mainstream at least. In the UK Ford is moving all its passenger vehicles fully electric by 2030, but its commercial vehicles will still have some element of internal...

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        10 days ago
    • Indeed, commercial vehicles would be of a hybrid drivetrain or PHEV with integrated range-extenders, their ultimate usage will determine specifications required. Long distance/extreme environments would do well with hybrid...

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        10 days ago
  • A Tesla can do this too if properly equipped.

      10 days ago
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