2021 Ford F-150 with Pro Power Onboard

C5tor

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Well, this looks interesting. Hybrid powertrain and an onboard inverter. Not that I'm a big Ford fan, but sounds like they are listening to contractors and even electric motorcycle owners.

2021 Ford F-150 looks nice enough to live in, packs lay-flat seats, generator and hybrid power - Roadshow

From the article...

F-150 replaces need for generator with Pro Power Onboard
PowerBoost also allows for a high-power version of Pro Power Onboard, an optional new power inverter that could replace owners' need to lug loud, heavy and dirty generators to job sites and campgrounds. Heck, it might even be useful as a backup generator for your house when the power goes out. Pro Power Onboard is an integrated generator that provides up to 7.2 kilowatts of power from a series of outlets mounted both in the cab and in the bed. In the case of the hybrid truck, those ports take the form of four bedside-mounted 120-volt, 20-amp outlets, with a single 240-volt, 30-amp outlet for big equipment.

With the 7.2-kW system, Ford says you can power a 12-inch miter saw, a circular saw, a hammer drill, a half-horsepower air compressor, flood lights and a gang battery charger, all at the same time. If you're not much for construction but you like to play hard on weekends, Ford says PPO can charge a full bed-load of electric motorcycles. You can even juice up the batteries of your tools, computers and toys while on the move. While we anticipate that a lot of traditional pickup shoppers -- especially fleet buyers -- may hesitate at the thought of buying a hybrid vehicle, unique, useful features like Pro Power Onboard could help convert hesitant buyers.

And for those who really don't want hybrid power, you can still option a lower-power PPO system with 2.0 kW of power. That's enough juice to simultaneously power an electric heater, a TV, a mini fridge, a blender and portable speakers for tailgate parties. It's available on both the gas-only EcoBoost and naturally aspirated engine models.

Regardless of which PPO system is fitted to your truck, you can control it via the FordPass app, along with a bunch of other functions including vehicle locator, remote locking, HVAC controls and a new multizone lighting system.


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snydes

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Yeah, sounds like the truck would have to run for any significant charging. Nice perk if you are in the market for a truck though. Hopefully the other manufacturers follow suit.
 

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This is almost enough to make me consider looking for a new truck that I don't need...
Same, Lol. I've been trying to convince myself that I can be happy with a Transit passenger (low roof, normal length) van as my daily driver instead of my current F150, but I'm not sure I'd be happy with a van as a daily driver. This onboard generator setup sounds sweet though so I may have to reconsider.

Although it would probably be out of my normal price range as I tend to buy the less expensive pickups without too many options. Hmm, perhaps back to considering Transit vans...
 

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I have a pickup, but this is what I take 4 out of 5 times... It wins every time unless I have to hitch up to the heavy trailer. Only downside to the van is 5k towing limit, I regularly pull a 12k lb camper, but I guess that rules out the f150 too.

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F451

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What I’d really like is an updated Astro/Safari AWD sized van. I just need it big enough for a dirt bike and some supplies. Room for a cot inside after unloading the bike. I’d be in heaven.

They have a bunch over in Europe.
 
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