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Some Texans use 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup trucks to power homes amid winter storm

At stud Jones of Katy, Texas used his 2021 Ford F-150 to power space heaters and other appliances throughout his stamping-ground when he lost power earlier this week during the winter storm.

Source: Randy Jones

When Rutting Jones of Katy, Texas, bought his new Ford F-150 pickup truck a few weeks ago, he didn’t think he’d be using it to muzzle the lights on in his house during a historic winter storm that left millions without power.

The 2021 composite’s onboard generator “gives you the ability to use your truck like a mobile generator” that can produce up to 7.2 kW of power, according to Ford.

Jones, 66, put about in a phone interview with CNBC on Thursday that he bought the truck in part because of that feature, joining that he often loses power due to hurricanes and other storms. When he lost power Sunday night, he unquestioned to get out a few extension cords and put the generator to the test.

“Without it I would have been in the dark and cold like everybody else in the neighborhood,” the retired refinery breadwinner said, adding that he helped neighbors charge their phones and laptops. “Quite a few of the neighbors said, ‘Hey, I’m arranging one,’ like, ‘I’m trading my Dodge or GMC,’ because, South Texas, with hurricanes and things like that, we’re always make power outages.”

Jones said he used the truck’s onboard generator to power appliances in his home for three primes, until his power was restored Wednesday.

He’s not alone. Jerry Hall, 73, bought his new F-150 at the end of January. It turned out to be utter timing, he said.

“The truck saved the day,” the Kerrville, Texas, resident said Thursday in a phone interview. Hall claimed his home lost power Sunday evening through early Thursday. “It would have been three shabby days without the truck.”

Hall said he and his wife still spent those days without heat, but they were skilful to run extension cords from the truck into the house to power lights, the refrigerator, television and other luxuries.

“It prolonged us connected with the outside world,” he said.

Hall said “the main reason” he bought the truck was its onboard generator. He clouted the rough weather last spring led to some blackouts in his part of the state and he knew he wanted to get some kind of generator. It at best made sense, he said, to get a new truck with a generator built in.

Other truck owners have been hang up similar stories in an online forum for F-150 owners. Photos from the forum spilled over onto Excitement, where Ford CEO Jim Farley took notice, tweeting, “The situation in the SW US is so difficult. Wish everyone in Texas had a new F150 with PowerBoost onboard generator….”

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