Owners of the Ford F-150 Lightning are doubling Ford’s pride. They are comfortable with the familiar F-150 body and interior, but are interested in replacing the petrol-powered V-6 and V-8 engine variants with one pair of electric motors and one of two different battery packs. The pickup conquers hearts and minds not with messages of waste reduction and climate change prevention, but with a set of capabilities that internal combustion engines simply do not offer.
While the owners demonstrated their fully electric cars, they were pleased with Tesla’s launch of the Cybertruck.
And the topic that has been on every interesting media post lately is how Ford Lightning came up with an adapter that allows it to charge Teslas. “The F-150 Lightning can charge other electric vehicles using its two-way charging capacity, and we ship our first Lightnings with adapters so that F-150 Lightning customers can help when needed,” a company spokesman said.
Ford-Tesla competition is is entertaining, and many continue to question the slow speed of Cybertruck outside of Tesla’s production line. Still, Tesla has the second largest public charging network in the United States with 19% of all connectors. According to BloombergNEF, it also dominates the fast and ultra-fast segments with more than half of these connectors in the country. Drew Baglino, Tesla’s senior vice president of power plants and power engineering, said in October that the company plans to triple the size of its supercharger network over the next two years.
The Ford charging network looks pale in comparison.
Charge Station Pro separates the F-150 Lightning from the Competition
What other topics should lightning enthusiasts know about lately?
Everyone has a Twitter feature and what sets the F-150 apart from other all-electric cars is its two-way charging capability. Bloomberg calls it “the pickup’s main selling point.” This allows customers to use trucks as a backup generator from work to home after a power outage or even during camp. It allows owners to use the truck’s large battery to charge other EVs.
For the two-way function to work, the other electric vehicle must be equipped with a SAE J1772 charging port. Teslas, which has its own charging system, can charge the Ford F-150 Lightning with an adapter manufactured by Lenz Charging Solution.
“To save lightning” was announced at the Lightning Owners Forum. “We can help all these poor dead Teslas.”
The Charge Station Pro comes with a 25-foot charging cable and connector, wall mount bracket, template and hardware. Ford recommends Sunrun as the preferred installer for the device, and the same company can install Ford’s Home Integration System, which costs an additional $ 3,895.
However, the 80-amp charger is now listed as exhausted on Ford’s official website. Ford is currently waiting for the Charge Station Pro to go on sale no later than June 30, meaning that some customers will inevitably receive the F-150 Lightning without this feature. The Ford Charge Station Pro comes as standard equipment on all F-150 Lightning models equipped with an Extended Range battery and is also available separately for the MSRP for $ 1310 minus installation.
The Pro Power Onboard generator function is included in all truck variants and can generate up to 2.4 kilowatts of power from various outputs of the truck, cab and bed. As an additional option for certain trims, the capacity increases to 9.6 kilowatts. The higher-output version includes a 240-volt, 30-amp output on the bed, which can be used for a variety of high-traction needs, including charging another EV with 7.2 kilowatts.
While this is not a convincing point for consumers considering the Ford F-150 Lightning, Bloomberg Add that “houses have the potential to both take and provide payment, help manage peak demand for utilities, and even allow their owners to resell electricity to the grid.”
The Test Range Extender was found in the Ford F-150 Lightning
Spy photographers recently saw a Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck mounted on a 5.5-foot bed in Michigan. According to expert estimates, this could be a very convenient place to install an EV range expander. The red emergency stop button is located in the right quadrant of the toolbox, which is a relatively certain indicator of the precious lagniappa inside.
The range expander is a secondary electric generator that charges the battery of an electric vehicle while driving. They charge the battery of a fully electric car while in motion, recharge some of its electrons when depleted, and allow the EV to move further between visits to the power plug.
Could this feature be the realization of Ford’s recent patent application for multi-type systems? Later, the idea was to have a removable range expander, easing the need to extend the distance when not needed, but giving the weekend a choice for potlucks on the lake or on the football field.
Ford is in favor of California Emission Standards
The provisions of the Clean Air Act allow California to set individualized standards, even if those standards are more stringent than those of the federal government. Former President Donald Trump’s administration has called for questions about California’s autonomy, and sometimes the automotive industry has joined. Trump has revoked California’s ability to set its own emission standards.
But this disagreement is old news. Ford, BMW, Honda, Volvo and Volkswagen have recently filed a lawsuit in federal court to protect the state’s right to set emission standards.
Ford said it was intervening on behalf of the EPA to challenge California’s ability to protect public health and combat climate change by setting emission standards for its vehicles. Ford says it has consistently supported tougher greenhouse gas standards, even if the EPA has not, and the suit continues to lead Ford as the only U.S. automaker to stand next to California in 2019 to support tougher car emission standards.
Ford CEO Stephen Crowley, Chief Policy Officer and Chief Counsel, made the following statement on the importance of Ford’s environmental performance. “Ford is struggling with climate change. We support the EPA’s Final Decision to Protect Human Health and Combat Climate Change by establishing and enforcing air pollution standards and zero-emission vehicle requirements in California and other states. ”
As California is the largest market for new cars in America, automakers had to comply with state regulations or run the risk of losing large numbers of sales. There is now an unprecedented demand for the Ford F-150 Lightning – with 200,000 reservations. The company is expanding the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center to increase production to 150,000 per year, which is planned for 2023.
With a total investment of $ 950 million at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and the creation of 750 jobs, Ford’s investment in Michigan for the F-150 Lightning alone is now more than $ 1 billion. The recently created 1,700 jobs are spread over 5 Ford plants, including the Van Dayke Electric Powertrain Center, where Lightning electric motors and electric transactions are assembled, and the Rawsonville Components Plant, where Lightning batteries are assembled.
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