The Ford company has launched its new Ford Charge Station Pro. A bi-directional home charging station that is expected to work with the upcoming F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.
The new development is offered to customers at a very affordable price, noting that it enables backup power and can basically replace a generator or Tesla Powerwall.
When the Ford company launched the F-150 Lightning, one among the features that created the most buzz was its support for bi-directional charging: Ford intelligent Backup Power.
This means that the electric pickup truck has the capacity to send power back to power a home, another vehicle, or to send virtually anything it can plug into.
With this new development, the feature that we have seen more and more in electric vehicles lately, including in the recent Hyundai Ioniq 5, but it’s so amazing in an electric pickup truck since pickups require bigger battery packs.
With this bigger battery package, the electric trucks now have the power to use some of their energy capacity to provide backup power in case of an outage. however, it could also replace a home generator or home battery pack, just like the Tesla Powerwall.
For you to be able to use the capacity at home, Ford-F150 Lightning, the owners are going to need a bi-directional charging station into which they can plug their electric pickup.
Now the Ford company has officially unveiled the Ford Charge Station Pro. The launch of this charge station, will acts as both a charging station and bi-directional charger.
As for now, you can’t place an order because the page shows it as “sold out,” but it reveals the price of the station to be at the rate of $1,310:
$1310 is the standalone price of the charger and gateway/installation, just like with a Powerwall, obviously add significant additional cost to make it work properly.
While that’s significantly more expensive than your average home charger – for example, Tesla’s popular Wall Connector is only $550 – the Ford Charge Station Pro is not your average wall charger.
At First, it’s rated at 80 amp, which makes it twice the capacity of the average charger, and it will enable Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power bi-directional charging capacity.
In view with the 80 amps of max current, Ford claimed that the charging station can add 30 miles of range per hour to the F-150 Lightning Extended Range and it is limited to 19 miles per hour for F-150 Standard Range.
In the meantime, the system can provide up to 9.6 kW directly to your home if combined with Ford’s Home Integration System during the time installation.
Speaking of installation, the $1,310 price tag doesn’t include the installation fee. Buyers are recommended to find a local electrician to install it for them. But if you plan on using the station for backup power, then you are probably better off working with Sunrun, Ford’s recommended installer who also is said to be the biggest Tesla Powerwall certified installer.
Other players in this field include Wallbox with the new Quasar 2 bidirectional charger, however the company has yet to announce EV partners or installers