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The full-size pickup truck vehicle segment is one of the most competitive segments in the industry. Only one full-size American pickup truck has the ability to act as a backup generator to power your home during a blackout. A new Ford electric pickup truck is completely changing the game and consumers’ understanding of utility.

This full-size American pickup can transform into a backup generator

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning can transform into a backup generator thanks to its unique powertrain. No, not transform like Optimus Prime. Instead, the F-150 Lighting lends its battery capacity to homes using Ford Intelligent Backup Power.

Ford Intelligent Backup Power is an F-150 Lightning feature that activates when the electric truck is connected to your home’s 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro. The F-150 Lightning Extended Range model can power a home for up to 10 days when power is rationed.

Leave it to the Blue Oval to get the most utility out of its first electric pickup truck. Ford CEO Jim Farley even joked that the F-150 Lightning could charge Teslas, insinuating that Ford’s EV is superior. It’s too early to tell whether or not the F-150 Lightning is a better electric vehicle than popular Tesla models. One thing is for certain. Only one full-size American pickup truck on the market can power a home in a blackout.

The F-150 Lightning comes with many novel features like Pro Power Onboard. This feature allows the electric truck to power multiple devices and accessories simultaneously using outlets in the EV’s bed, frunk, and cabin.

The Ford F-150 Lightning is the ultimate work truck

The Ford F-150 is America’s favorite pickup truck because it’s a workhorse. The F-150 Lightning is very similar to its ancestor, and adds even more utility. Ford’s electric pickup is the ultimate work truck because it’s essentially a tool in itself. The F-150 Lightning can power tools at work sites and its truck bed can be used as a work space in many different scenarios.

Ford’s electric pickup has enormous potential, whether you’re powering a saw outdoors for some DIY home improvement or making a smoothie at a campsite. The F-150 Lightning is truly one of a kind. Its Mega Power Frunk added even more utility in terms of storage. The Mega Power Frunk has 14.1 cubic feet of space. It’s capable of holding up to 400 pounds.

Is the Ford F-150 Lightning the best electric pickup truck?

A red 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

Contrary to popular belief the Ford F-150 Lightning isn’t America’s first electric truck. It isn’t the first American-made electric truck either. Rivian beat Ford to the punch months ago.

The 2022 Rivian R1T Lauch Edition is the first American electric pickup truck. Based on its performance specs, it’s arguably the best electric pickup truck on the market as well. That being said, the Rivian R1T is much more expensive than the F-150 Lightning.

Ford’s electric truck starts just under $40K. Tax incentives bring its price closer to around $32,500. Since the electric pickup is so affordable it has a good chance at becoming the most popular in its segment. Car and Driver praises its acceleration and frunk space.

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