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#298407 - 02/19/21 04:59 PM F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze
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For 2021, the F-150 pickup truck can be fitted with a PowerBoost hybrid powertrain, combining an electric motor with a turbocharged V6 engine. Part of its appeal is the ability, when equipped, to serve as a 7.2-kW generator for powering tools and appliances.

https://www.driving.ca/ford/auto-news/ne...in-frigid-texas

Apparently it worked well. The genny function is designed for worksites, so it only starts the engine when needed.


Edited by dougwalkabout (02/19/21 04:59 PM)

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#298410 - 02/19/21 06:34 PM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: dougwalkabout]
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I really like the idea of this -- only one engine to maintain, only one fuel tank to keep filled. I hope that truck manufacturers start doing something like this in larger models. It wouldn't be big enough to run the air conditioning in my house but it would cover everything else.

Always use appropriate extension cords or a properly installed transfer switch -- never backfeed into the power utility's system with a generator!

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#298432 - 02/21/21 01:18 AM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: dougwalkabout]
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Nice, that's some serious power. Toyota TRD Off-Road versions of their trucks and SUVs have built-in inverters but they only put out 100 Watts/400 Watts engine on/off.
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#298473 - 02/23/21 10:52 PM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: dougwalkabout]
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I'm hoping that will be my next truck. I've currently got a Toyota TRD that Blast references, and couldn't even pull enough power to run a crockpot full of chili the last time I went tailgating. I think the Ford would do that nicely!

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#298474 - 02/24/21 02:36 AM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: dougwalkabout]
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It's worth noting that a separate, good quality stand-alone genny will cost you a helluva lot less money than a F150 hybrid with the works.

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#298711 - 03/26/21 09:02 PM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: dougwalkabout]
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Yes but the truck has the merit of almost no EXTRA maintenance, beyond that required for normal driving.
No fuel cans to rotate, normal consumption and regular filling will take of that at no extra cost or trouble.

Not certain how the fuel consumption would compare, the truck has a much larger engine than is required for the electric power output, but OTOH it does not run continually.

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#298712 - 03/26/21 11:04 PM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: dougwalkabout]
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If it's a tradesman's working vehicle, perhaps that has merit. Otherwise, it would be a gargantuan premium to pay for a tiny bit of convenience. I know people who I suspect have spent $60-70,000.00 on a pickup truck. I think they are completely bonkers. They're also the ones who complain loudly about how hard it is for a middle class person to get ahead.

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#298713 - 03/27/21 02:08 AM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: dougwalkabout]
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My understanding is that the generator option is cheaper than a generator, if you’re already buying an F-150.

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#298730 - 03/31/21 03:27 AM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
My understanding is that the generator option is cheaper than a generator, if you’re already buying an F-150.

Hi
That doesn't sound right (free lunch?)
Originally Posted By: http://fordauthority.com/2020/08/2021-ford-f-150-powerboost-pricing-finally-revealed/

The PowerBoost is an extra-cost option on all 2021 Ford F-150 models,
but the price depends on the trim level.
For instance, opting for PowerBoost
on the XL and XLT trims adds $4,500 to the MSRP,
while adding $3,300 to the Lariat,
$2,500 on the King Ranch and Platinum trims,
and $1,900 for the Limited trim.


A quick check with google shopping or home depot,
shows various brands of 7000-8000 watt generators
for around $1000
even as low as $600 at harbor freight
(3 times cheaper than lowest priced powerboost)

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#298734 - 03/31/21 04:22 PM Re: F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze [Re: dougwalkabout]
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Thanks for the correction!

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