Buying the Ford F-150 Lightning is a Better Deal Than Buying a Tesla Powerwall
Weather Blackout Solutions
When a storm or some emergency strikes and power is out, few other events remind us so succinctly just how dependent we all are upon getting energy from our local power grid.
In the past, the home solution was to buy a portable gas-powered generator to help keep the kitchen fridge/freezer running enough to prevent food from spoiling; and, supply just enough electricity to power some indoor lighting and/or a floor heater to keep us warm.
Today, there are much larger permanent power generators that will keep a home up and running quite well during a blackout; however, the amount of emissions waste involved makes it unattractive in today’s current move to power our homes with greener sources.
One of the interesting developments of electric vehicles---besides cleaner emissions---is that they can also potentially be used for multiple purposes that offers a solution for homeowners who periodically experience weather-related blackouts.
This development was recently brought to light with the argument that when it comes to owning a vehicle that can serve such a dual purpose, is a math-supported explanation of why buying a Ford F-150 Lightning over a Tesla Powerwall actually makes a lot of sense according to a recent Engineering Explained episode.
In a recent Engineering Explained YouTube channel video, its host explains how the Ford F-150 Lightning can serve as a backup energy source for powering your home using what Ford refers to as their "Ford Intelligent Backup Power."
Using the F-150's 98 kWh (or the extended battery pack's 131 kW) makes owning an EV with dual-use properties an attractive solution for powering your home when your local power utilities are in disrepair. However, the surprising benefit is that using an EV like the Ford Lightning turns out to be less expensive (per kWh) than a Tesla Powerwall.
To find out more about the math behind the claims, here is the video in its entirety that offers homeowners a unique solution to an old problem and why homeowners may want to reconsider their blackout options for their homes as well as their vehicle needs.
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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