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Ford F-150 Lightning will provide power for your home

The Lightning's charging system can return power for use in the home.

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Ford's first electric truck, the F-150 Lightning, will be on sale soon, but we're still learning about new and innovative features the truck will bring when it finally lands. Today, Ford announced a partnership with Sunrun, a nationwide solar company, to provide home charging station installation services to Lightning buyers, but there's more to the truck's chargers than meets the eye. The Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System will allow F-150 Lightning customers to return electricity to their homes from the truck's batteries, which can help ease high power bills and reduce load on a strained public power grid.

Ford F-150 LightningThe new feature makes its debut with the F-150 Lightning.Ford

The two-way power system is making its debut on the F-150 Lightning, and will use the truck's extended-range battery to deliver up to 9.6 kilowatts of power, drawing from the battery's 131 kilowatt-hours of energy. Since there's no gas involved and no internal combustion engine that typically powers small generators, there's no noise, no smell, and no hassle trying to pour gasoline into a tiny fuel tank.

In order to take advantage of the clever features, F-150 Lightning owners will need to install a Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System, which include a power inverter and a dark start battery and transfer switch. Those components enable two-way power flow to return electricity to the home. Buyers who opt for the extended-range battery get the Ford Charge Station Pro automatically, but buyers that choose the standard battery can purchase the 80-amp Charge Station Pro separately, and the Home Integration System can also be purchased from Sunrun.

Ford F-150 LightningThe F-150 Lightning's generator feature joins the F-150 Powerboost's ProPower onboard generator in the truck lineup.Ford

Ford says it will roll out more Lightning-related features in the future to help customers save money and avoid paying peak electricity rates. One such option will allow customers to power their homes from the truck's batteries when peak rates are in effect, but will switch back to the grid later on - or to solar panels, if the customers has them. The Ford Charge Station Pro that comes with the F-150 Lightning Extended Range (sold separately for customers buying the standard battery truck) is required to enable those features.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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