PG&E of California to test the Ford Lightning EV as a way to prevent wildfires

Ford has made a great effort for the ability of the next F-150 Lightning to serve as a power bank for your house in case of a power outage. But now, according to a report, it appears that at least one major utility company is taking an interest.

Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford F-150 Lightning. / Photo: Courtesy Ford.

The F-150 Lightning would have a new use

Pacific Gas and Electric of California is working with Ford to test the capabilities of the vehicle鈥檚 feature to the network. Specifically, the main utility provider is looking for ways to avoid having to preemptively shut off power in areas during high wind conditions to reduce the risk of wildfires.

PG&E will start by testing the effectiveness of five F-150 Lightnings, though it鈥檚 unclear exactly what those tests will entail.

PG&E will also look to use GM cars for this important work.

Unsurprisingly, PG&E isn鈥檛 putting all its eggs in Ford鈥檚 basket, as it has already announced plans to test some of GM鈥檚 upcoming electric vehicles for similar capabilities.



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