Ford asks Texas dealers to loan F-150s with on-board generators to help power homes and businesses


DEARBORN, MI – SEPTEMBER 17: The 2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch truck appears at the Ford Built for America event at the Fords Dearborn Truck Plant on September 17, 2020 in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford hosted the event to showcase its new advertising campaign, the start of production of the new F-150 pickup truck and the future of the Dearborn Truck Plant. (Photo by Nic Antaya / Getty Images)

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – Ford is hoping its dealers will loan out some of the new F-150s with on-board generators to help bring electricity and heat to homes and businesses still in the dark.

The Ford Motor Company sent a letter to dealers in Texas on Thursday saying they wanted to help communities across the state that experienced power outages due to winter storm.

A dealership, Abilene’s Arrow Ford, said it would release one or two of the pickup trucks to help local residents and businesses still without power.

The dealership said one of its employees had already tested it, using the vehicle to generate power after losing power.

Central Market Area Marketing, Sales and Service General Manager Tim Witt wrote the following in the letter to the dealers:

First and foremost, I hope you, your employees and your families are all safe during the unprecedented weather events of the past week. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

As of this morning, there are still hundreds of thousands of Texans who have no electricity. I’ve seen stories of families lining up in shelters and sleeping in vehicles just to stay warm. I can’t imagine what they have to go through.

One way to help your community is to use a new 2021 F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid or F-150s equipped with the ProPower Onboard (option 472 or 477). Currently we have over 400 of these F150s in stock in Texas.

Excerpt from letter from Tim Witt, Ford Motor Company

The letter continues with the logistics on how the dealership will handle the process internally.

According to the specifications, Ford’s Pro Power Onboard enables truck owners to generate 7.2 kW of power, which, according to, is “certainly sufficient to supply the necessities”.

“While it depends on the truck and how much power you’re using, a fully gas-powered F-150 can potentially run for days,” the site revealed.

The truck can be used as a generator whether it is stationary or running.


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