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Electric Vehicles Can Now Power Your Home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Feb 16, 2023
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Did you know an electric vehicle could serve as a backup generator for your home? Specifically, Ford E150 Lightning trucks can run a house for up to 10 days!  Massachusetts's new energy code requires installation of at least 1 electric vehicle charger in new homes as of January 2023. This is an interesting added benefit for electric vehicle ownership!  


In an article in The Washington Post, Cohen writes, Ford changed how customers saw their trucks when it rolled out a hybrid version of the F-150, says Ryan O’Gorman of Ford’s energy services program. The truck doubles as a generator sporting as many as 11 outlets spread around the vehicle, including a 240-volt outlet typically used for appliances like clothes dryers. During disasters like the 2021 ice storm that left millions of Texans without electricity, Ford dealers lent out their hybrid F-150s as home generators.

The Lightning, the fully electric version of the F-150, takes the next step by offering home backup power. Under each Lightning sits a massive 98 kWh to 131 kWh battery pack. That’s enough energy, Ford estimates, to power a home for three days (10 days if rationing). “The vehicle has an immense amount of power to move that much metal down the road at 80 mph,” says O’Gorman.

Read the full article here, to find the answers to commonly asked questions about powering your home with your car. 

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