The Ford F-150 Lightning is already a blockbuster show. This all-electric Ford has just started production, but is already out of stock! We’re not shocked because this electric truck from a former automaker is making the eyes dilate with the sheer number of features on offer. And the most anticipated feature of all is the ability to use the F-150 Lightning as a backup generator for your home (it’s a very cool generator!).

With Ford’s two-way charging technology, homeowners have the flexibility to light up their home in the event of an emergency or power outage. To take advantage of this, users need to install Ford’s Home Integration System, which also requires a Ford F-150 Lightning Truck (of course!), Ford’s Pro Charging Station, and a few other hardware components as prerequisites.

But the missing piece of that puzzle was the cost of the integration system, which was eventually unveiled by Matthew Stover, Ford’s charge and energy services manager. Ford has partnered with Sunrun to become their official home integration system installation partner. It’s not as expensive as expected, but the “total bill” isn’t cheap either. Well, it’s complicated, and we tell you how much the whole setup will cost, starting from scratch.

We finally have a look at the cost of using the Ford F-150 Lightning as a backup inverter generator for your home.

Sunrun’s home integration hardware will cost $3,895

Sunrun is Ford’s official installation partner for Home Integration hardware. These are the same guys who also take care of the installation of the Tesla Powerwall. The Ford Home Integration system will set you back $3,895. That’s according to Ford’s director of charging and energy services, Matt Stover, in a now selected LinkedIn article.

You will get an inverter, a transfer switch and a small battery for this price. But this set is only half the story because you need other Ford goodies to make it functional. Another interesting aspect is that Sunrun ensures the compatibility of its solar panels if they are integrated into the system. This can not only supply juice to run the house, but can also go the other way to recharge the truck.

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Sunrun’s Ford Powered Backup System Requirements and Operation

The Home Integration System requires Ford’s Pro Charging Station to work. It also needs a two-way home charging station to help the 80 Amp Station Pro transfer electricity. Owners of the F-150 Lightning Extended Range battery will have no problem, but owners of the base version will have to shell out an additional $1,310 for the Charge Station Pro. But despite the added costs, Ford’s generator system is still cheaper than a gas generator.

The Sunrun guys will take care of the installation work, which, for the record, has additional costs. After installing all the bits, the system works like any other standby generator, but instead of a little box, you now have a cool pickup that delivers the juice. Up to 9.6 kW of power can be supplied by the home integration system. It will have an automatic shut-off system to help save electricity and reverse things when power is restored.

The home integration system can endure outrages for up to 10 days

Using the long-range F-150 Lightning, you can light things up at home during a calamity or power outage for up to ten days, if used carefully. And if it is used profusely with a usage quota of 30 kWh per day, it can still do three days. This system can also help lighten the load on the national power grid and outrages using the F-150 Lightning.

Plus, homes in rough or cut terrain can use that bit of Ford smarts to live in peace. Ford owners can monitor charge status, control energy transfer to the home, and even set their cut-off limits through the Ford Pass app. It becomes as convenient as possible.

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Much cheaper than Tesla’s dedicated Powerwall

The only rival technology that comes to mind is Tesla Powerwall. Although he technically doesn’t use a car to power things, it’s for the same cause. The Tesla Powerwall hardware alone, including the battery, will cost $12,750 in 2022. And then the installation charging package will add to that. The Powerwall features a 14.4kWh unit that holds only 1/10th the capacity compared to Ford’s home integration system using a long-range F-150 Lightning.

Speaking of which, the range-extended model puts out 580 hp and is capable of 775 lb-ft of torque. It also offers an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles. The standard 452hp F-150 Lightning can also be used, but it will keep the lights on for less time as it has an EPA rating of 320 miles.

The total cost of installing the F-150 Lightning home integration system can touch $15,000

While the Ford Home Integration System hardware costs $3,895; the full installation will cost you around $12,000-15,000, if you choose not to use Sunrun’s adaptable solar panels. The cost can vary sharply as installation costs depend on the structure and location of the house. But every factor includes, Ford’s system will always be cheaper than Tesla’s.

And if you’re also planning to integrate Sunrun’s solar panels, be prepared to shell out an additional $16,000 and more. The technology is new and illuminating, and if Ford allows its entire fleet of electric vehicles, including the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit vans, to work in tandem with this home integration system, then things will prove groundbreaking. .


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