As you probably already know, a disaster level snowstorm hit Texas this week. It has left millions of people trapped in the cold with no electricity and no heat. While the situation has already improved with the restoration of power to several thousand residents yesterday, a smart Ford F-150 owner was able to use his truck to power key devices while waiting for the lights to come back on.
The F-150 with the on-board Pro Power generator was able to power lights, a toaster, a heater, and even its refrigerator, all just by running extension cords from the truck around the house. This MacGyver-level improvisation caught the attention of Ford CEO Jim Farley, and Ford has now stepped in to play a bigger role in the deal. Today, Ford officially asked its dealers in Texas to lend F-150s with the Pro Power option in order to literally provide electricity to many of those who still live without.
According to Automotive News, Ford is asking its dealer network in Texas to put F-150s with the Pro Power Onboard feature into loan fleets. The hope is that the action will allow at least some residents to restore power to some of their key devices. Several models are available with Power Pro Onboard: Gasoline models with any engine except the 3.3-liter V6 come with an optional 2kW unit. PowerBoost hybrids have a standard 2.4 kW generator and an optional 7.2 kW unit is available which can provide power for up to 32 hours at full load (with a full tank of fuel).
Ford says even the less powerful version of the generator is powerful enough to power radiators, TVs, mixers, mini-fridges, and other smaller accessories like a string lights, etc. Ford currently has 415 trucks with generators on Texas lots, and the hope is that they can mobilize them in areas that need them.