Ford F-150 Lightning Backup Power Home Integration System Will Cost $3,895
If you want to power your house from your F-150 Lightning, it will set you back an additional $3,895.
When Ford first announced its all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup, one of its most interesting features was its ability to be used as backup power for your home. Ford claimed its bi-directional charging could power a full home for three full days, or up to ten days if you ration the power out to only essential home items, in case of an emergency. To do that, though, you'll need a few additional things which, according to a LinkedIn post from Ford's director of charging and energy services Matthew Stover, will cost $3,895.
For starters, you'll need the Ford Charge Station Pro, which is a Level 2 home charging station that can charge the Lightning in eight hours. The Ford Charge Station Pro comes as-standard with the extended range F-150 Lightning but standard range customers will have to dish out an additional $1,310.
Next, you'll need the Home Integration System, which consists of an inverter, transfer switch, and a battery that runs the system in the event of a power outage. If the power in your home does go out, the Home Integration System will switch your home power from the utility line to the Ford Intelligent Backup Power system in the F-150 Lightning. As long as your truck is fully charged, your home's power shouldn't skip a beat for at least a few days. The Home Integration System will cost an additional $3,895.
There's a cost-savings benefit to this as well. If you invest in the Home Integration System, you'll be able to use an upcoming system in the F-150 Lightning that will actually allow you to choose the truck's battery for home power, when grid electricity rates are highest, saving you some money.
Ford's partnered with Sunrun, who will provide all of the installation for these systems. Sunrun will work with customers to see which setup they need and how to go about installing everything, as well as offering solar energy to help both your home and your truck use off-grid clean energy.
I'm personally not a pickup truck kinda guy but the F-150 Lightning is making me reconsider that and its bidirectional home backup power is one of the bigger reasons why. It's a feature that probably wouldn't be used too often but would seem invaluable when it's actually needed.