Ford F-150 Lightning powers Florida man’s kitchen, lights, fridge and entertainment during Hurricane Ian

The Ford F-150 Lightning has only just hit the market, yet I’ve heard a few stories about the Lightning catering to people’s needs in the event of a power outage. The first one I heard of was in Michigan, and we have a whole podcast coming up on this F-150 Lightning owner’s experience as well as his comments on owning the Mustang Mach-E, driving with Ford BlueCruise, and more. Incidentally, he and I were on a webinar which was recorded during Hurricane Ian. I was upstairs in our townhouse when strong hurricane winds started to hit us, and I expected the power to go out any moment. This F-150 Lightning owner, Aaron Smith, who is also a Clean Technica reader and president of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), joked that I could use a Lightning during Hurricane Ian – and believe me, I thought the same!! It turned out that we didn’t lose power until about 90% of our county and 100% of our neighboring county lost power in our utility district, and I did the whole 1.5 hour webinar! (We ended up losing power for about 16 hours starting later that evening.) As we’ll see below, a Ford F-150 Lightning helped a Florida man and his family overcome the storm. Before we get to that story, though, if you want to watch that aforementioned webinar, here it is:

The owner of the F-150 Lightning who used his Lightning when he had no power is Westley Aaron Ferguson. He used his Ford electric van to power his fridge, lights, fans, TV, electric stove, record player and speakers, and probably more.

As shown in the lower right image, the battery was still 95% charged and the AC inside the truck was set to 69Β°F.

The photos are almost straight out of an advertisement for Ford. At first I wondered if he had used photos from the Ford market. However, it turns out that he is a photographer and associate creative director at elegant seagullswith clients ranging from ESPN to Netflix to Airbnb.

Westley also took us back in time a bit, or at least used the technology some of us remember from the 2000s, 1990s, and maybe even earlier to enjoy stormy entertainment without WiFi.

Westley even had time to expose counterproductive and ill-informed anti-EV scare campaigns during the hurricane.

See also: “Tesla Model X in ‘boat mode’ escapes flood waters from Hurricane Ian.”

A Ford executive was also happy to join in the fun and offered a little pun in response to Westley’s tweet.

Hehe – smart.

One person asked how long Westley thought he could run his house over the Lightning, a question many were surely wondering. Naturally, not knowing how long they would go without power (it could be hours or days or weeks), the most logical thing was to only use the Lightning to power the essentials. Additionally, Westley lacked the vehicle-to-home (V2H) configuration that Ford offers in partnership with Sunrun. As you can see below, however, they used about 10% of the truck’s power in one day, so he assumed they could have used the truck like that for 8-9 days if the power grid was remained cut off for so long.

In the end, he only had to use the truck to power their electric stove, fridge, fans, lights and entertainment for two days. Surely the truck must have looked priceless in those days, though!

Looking at Westley’s Twitter timeline, just days before Hurricane Ian hit, he was having a lot of fun with the young F-150 Lightning in other ways. He had a lot of double takes at the airport when loading the giant Mega Frunk with luggage…

…and he returned to the future against a DeLorean en route to Universal Studios in Orlando.

What a week! With his luck and photography skills, we’ll have to check in with Westley on the road to see what other kinds of adventures he’s embarking on with his Lightning!


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