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.
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’s 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’s unclear exactly what those tests will entail.
PG&E will also look to use GM cars for this important work.
Unsurprisingly, PG&E isn’t putting all its eggs in Ford’s basket, as it has already announced plans to test some of GM’s upcoming electric vehicles for similar capabilities.
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