Ford and PG&E partner on electric F-150 powering homes, grid

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Ford Motor will collaborate with Pacific Fuel and Electrical Co. in California to appraise the bidirectional charging abilities of the electric powered F-150 Lightning to power homes and return energy to the ability grid.

Ford CEO Jim Farley and PG&E CEO Patti Poppe introduced the plans Thursday night at the CERAWeek energy convention in Texas.

Bidirectional charging will involve an EV’s capability to return power to a dwelling or the electricity grid, a reverse of the household and grid charging the motor vehicle. The EVs can charge at night when rates are reduced and probably offer electricity back again to the grid for the duration of peak hrs. That would enable prospects to help you save dollars on their energy bill and develop significantly less pressure on the grid.

The announcement arrives two times right after Poppe introduced a pilot plan with Common Motors to make its electrical autos capable of powering a house in the celebration of a power outage or grid failure.

Ford’s announcement differs from GM’s since it is “the to start with-to-market enablement of a Ford F-150 Lightning EV and bidirectional charging process,” a business spokeswoman said.

The F-150 Lightning — thanks out this spring — already has the capability to ability a house in the celebration of a electrical power outage, according to the corporation. Ford phone calls it “Clever Backup Electric power.”

As a result of the early adopter system, PG&E will discover how Ford’s technology interconnects with the electrical grid and customer’s households, the company stated.

The initially use of F-150 Lightning’s backup ability is expected to begin in spring, supported by Sunrun Inc. as the automaker’s preferred set up husband or wife.