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Ford and Sunrun, a leading US solar company, are partnering to advance home energy storage and solar power using the F-150 Lightning truck to power homes and help accelerate the adoption of zero-carbon solar energy. Ford is the first US vehicle maker to offer the ability for customers to power their homes with an electric truck when the grid goes dark.
Ford Intelligent Backup Power, making its debut on F-150 Lightning, gives customers the ability to use bidirectional power technology from their all-electric truck to provide energy to their homes.
Sunrun is the preferred installer of F-150 Lightning home charging solutions, including the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System, which enables the F-150 Lightning to store and supply power to homes in a variety of ways.
In the future, Ford will introduce additional F-150 Lightning features to help customers potentially save money and take pressure off the electric grid during peak usage.
Matt Stover, Ford charging and energy services director, says: “F-150 Lightning brings new innovations to customers, including the ability to power their homes when they need it most,” . Teaming up with Sunrun leverages their expertise to bring solar power to even more customers, giving them the chance to turn their truck into an incredible energy storage source – and future truck features can help accelerate the development of a less carbon-intensive grid.”
“America’s energy future starts at home, and partnering with Ford illustrates a momentous shift in the way we power our lives,” adds Mary Powell, Sunrun CEO. “No longer tethered to a carbon-intensive energy system, we’ll be able to offer more paths to greater energy independence by powering homes and vehicles with the sun, while helping rapidly accelerate the transition to a clean, resilient energy future for all.”
Deliveries of the F-150 Lightning will begin spring, 2022.