Ford has launched its new Ford Charge Station Pro, a bidirectional home charging station designed to work with the upcoming F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. Ford designed the system in collaboration with Siemens.
The system enables an F-150 Lightning to be used for backup power and other V2G applications. (It isn’t clear whether it would also work with other upcoming bidirectional-capable EVs such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5.)
The Ford Charge Station Pro is included with the F-150 Lightning Extended Range variant. For buyers of the Standard Range Lightning, it will be available for $1,310 (not including installation). We say “will be” because the product is currently listed as sold out on the Ford web site.
At first glance, $1,310 might sound steep for a home charger—a good, basic UL-listed charger can be had for as low as $400—but the Ford Charge Station Pro is rated at 80 amps, twice the current of most home chargers, and Ford says it can add 30 miles of range per hour to the F-150 Lightning Extended Range—if you can install a beefy 80-amp circuit to your residential panel.
The real star of the show, however, is Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power bidirectional charging, which can provide up to 9.6 kW of power to your home when combined with Ford’s Home Integration System.