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Customers looking to use the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck to charge their homes in the event of an outage will pay a hefty price tag.
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Every F-150 Lightning comes with a Ford Mobile Power Cord, which can plug into a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet. However, to take advantage of the vehicle's bi-directional charging feature called Ford Intelligent Backup Power, customers will be required to purchase a Home Integration System.
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The Home Integration System, which consists of an inverter, transfer switch and battery, is available through Sunrun for $3,895, with installation costs dependent on a person's home setup. The device works in tandem with the automaker's 80-amp Charge Station Pro, which is included with extended range F-150 Lightning vehicles and costs $1,310 plus tax for standard range F-150 Lightning vehicles.
"When the power goes out, the system automatically disconnects from the utility line and switches over to Ford Intelligent Backup Power so that the truck can send power to your house," Matthew Stover, Ford's charging and energy services director, explained in a LinkedIn blog post. "Going this route opens even more potential in the future, because this system will be utilized to enable another feature once it becomes available – Ford Intelligent Power. This will allow customers to power their homes with their truck’s battery when electricity rates are higher, potentially saving money and easing pressure on the grid."