While Ford’s marketing material promoted Pro Power Onboard as a handy feature for remote jobsites, it’s proven a vital emergency power supply for some Texas residents. (Image/Ford)

As severe winter weather pummeled much of the United States this week, Texas was hit particularly hard. And to compound matters, power grid failures within the Lone Star State left a lot of Texans without heat and electricity.

But as the Detroit Free Press and other media outlets are reporting, some 2021 Ford F-150 owners are using their trucks to supply electrical power to their homes.

That’s because there’s a new option available on the 2021 F-150 that Ford is calling “Pro Power Onboard.” This feature is basically an integrated electrical generator, powered by the F-150, that supplies multiple 120 VAC/20A power outlets located in the truck bed.

While having typical household power outlets in a vehicle isn’t anything new, it’s the amount of useable electricity that’s noteworthy here. Ford says Pro Power Onboard supplies more exportable power than any light-duty full-size pickup, with up to 7.2 kilowatts of electrical power output available depending on the engine and configuration.

Pro Power Onboard is available on the 2.7L/3.5L EcoBoost, 3.5L PowerBoost, and 5.0L V8 F-150 models.

Ford had marketed Pro Power Onboard as a handy way to provide electricity for a remote jobsite, tailgate party, or camping trip. It even created this brief generator PDF to give you an idea of how that power can be used.

But now it appears that the F-150’s Pro Power Onboard is being used for a much higher purpose—bringing some comfort to those making it through a difficult time.

(You can watch a recent F-150 commercial below that illustrates the capabilities of the Pro Power Onboard feature.)

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