It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid to the rescue! A fleet of Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid models are on the move. They’re are going from Michigan to Louisiana to help with the Hurricane Ida relief effort.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid is to the rescue again
Hurricane Ida ravaged Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and New Jersey, causing tons of damage as flooding continues. Ida caused some of the worst flooding since Hurricane Katrina struck.
Ida was 414 miles wide, with winds reaching 150 miles per hour, making it the fifth-strongest hurricane to hit the United States mainland in history. That’s why the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid is coming in to help.
Due to Ida’s destruction, over a million people could be without power for a month, creating potentially deadly situations with the summer heat. But because the F-150 Hybrid has the Pro Power On-board generator, they will provide power to trucks in need.
How much power does the F-150 Hybrid have?
The 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid has enough power to run your house. The Pro Power Onboard generator is available with several outputs. It provides 2.0 kilowatts with the 2.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 engine. It has a maximum of 7.2 kilowatts with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine.
You can run a cable from the 30-amp, 240-volt outlet in the truck bed to a 30-amp transfer switch to directly power selected circuits in your home. If you don’t have a transfer switch, then extension cords work.
Below the 30-amp plug, you’ll find four regular 120-volt outlets. With each pair, there is a 20-amp circuit rated at 2400 watts. With a full tank of fas and a maxim load of 2,400 watts, the system can run for 85 hours.
Usually, a Ford truck will turn itself off if left on idle for over 30 minutes. But the generator mode disables this function, allowing it to run much longer if the system senses at least a 400-watt draw.
The system is also pretty safe. It can be locked while left on idle. If the system detects a ground fault, it will shit off. The system will also shut down if it detects a critical fault somewhere in the system. Warnings will be provided on the infotainment screen and in the FordPass app.
When has the Ford Hybrid provided assistance?
A few 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid models were used to save lives during a massive winter storm in Texas. The power grid became strained and collapsed as temperatures plunged, leaving residents without power for days.
The F-150 PowerBoost’s Pro Power Onboard generator was used to heat and illuminate homes. It also kept refrigerators and stoves running. Randy Jones, a retired refinery worker, shared that the truck provided enough power for a little heat, using lights at night, to make a cup of coffee, and to catch up on the news and weather.
When the power went out at a wedding reception, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost was there to save the day again. The reception was in a backyard when the power went out, and everything went dark. Then a Ford engineer pulled his truck up and plugged the party back in. People danced until 3 a.m.
We hope that the F-150 Hybrid will help those in need. Providing air conditioning and electricity to refrigerators and stoves will be extremely helpful until power can be restored in Lousiana.