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Ford and Sunrun, a leading solar energy company in the United States, are collaborating to advance home energy storage and solar energy by utilizing the F-150 Lightning truck to power homes and accelerate the adoption of zero-carbon solar energy. Ford is the first vehicle manufacturer in the United States to offer customers the option of powering their homes with an electric truck when the grid goes down.

When the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck debuts later this spring, it will offer the same utility that has established the F-150 line as a market leader. However, the Lightning will be capable of something no pickup truck has ever accomplished: it will be able to power your home.

Ford and Sunrun have teamed up to help homeowners save energy

Ford has partnered with Sunrun to improve home energy management. Customers will be able to use bidirectional power technology from their all-electric truck to power their homes. This is by combining the Lightning’s large onboard battery capacity with Ford Intelligent Backup Power. This method will come in handy if there is a power outage. Also, if they want to reduce their reliance on the grid during times of high electricity prices.

In the event of a power outage, the F-150 Lightning automatically kicks in to power the home. However, this is thanks to Ford Intelligent Backup Power and Sunrun’s Home Integration System, which work together.

The Home Integration System and Ford Charge Station Pro, which serves as the truck’s charging unit, includes a power inverter, a dark start battery, and a transfer switch that enables two-way power flow.

Purchasing options for the F-150 Lightning

Customers who purchase an extended-range F-150 Lightning get the Ford Charge Station Pro for free. Customers who buy a standard-range truck can buy the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro. Moreover, they can pay for activation on their own.

The Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System are both designed in a vehicle-to-grid direct current configuration (V2G-DC). Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is used to convert power and perform smart functions in V2G-DC. The EVSE acts like a stationary smart inverter. It is by providing grid support and communication functions for asset owners in addition to power conversion and power conversion.

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