What is Ford Pro Power Onboard?

Jessica Shea Choksey | Feb 16, 2021

The 2021 Ford F-150 offers an innovative feature called Pro Power Onboard. The new technology turns Ford's popular pickup truck into a mobile generator that can provide exportable power to virtually any electrical tool, appliance, device, and system. Pro Power Onboard brings a new level of convenience to work sites, outdoor activities, and everyday situations by sending energy from a running engine or battery pack (F-150 Hybrid) to a configuration of outlets in the truck's bed.

Ford Pro Power Onboard Technology

The Pro Power Onboard system offers three levels of electrical output: 2.0 kilowatts (kW), 2.4 kW, and 7.2 kW. Understanding the operation at each tier will help buyers decide which application is right for them.

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The base Pro Power Onboard configuration is a 2.0-kW system only available on gas-powered Ford F-150 models equipped with either a 2.7-liter V6, a 3.5-liter V6, or a 5.0-liter V8. The only engine that does not offer the Pro Power Onboard system is Ford's 3.3-liter V6.

With the 2.0-kW system, the engine sends power to a pair of 120-volt, three-prong outlets in the truck bed. This system provides up to 2,000 watts of power to anything plugged into them, which is a significant upgrade over the 400 watts of energy available from most truck bed outlets. General applications at this level of power could include light construction projects, landscaping, tailgating, and camping.

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An upgraded Pro Power Onboard with 2.4 kW is standard on and exclusive to the new Ford F-150 Hybrid. This configuration provides a more powerful 2,400 watts of electricity to the two 120-volt bed outlets. This system benefits from the F-150 Hybrid’s Powerboost electrified powertrain that pairs a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 1.5-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. Once the battery reaches its minimum state of charge, the truck's gas engine becomes the primary power source for Pro Power Onboard.

With a full tank of gas, the Pro Power Onboard 2.4-kW system can power equipment at its maximum wattage for a remarkable 85 hours. In terms of application, it is a good match for medium-duty construction projects such as building a deck or doing masonry work that may involve a cement mixer and jackhammer. On the recreation side, the system generates enough electricity to power a pop-up neighborhood drive-in theater with an HD projector, high-amp speakers, and even a commercial popcorn maker.

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Tripling the 2.4-kW system's power capacity, Pro Power Onboard 7.2 kW is an exclusive option on the F-150 Hybrid. With 7,200 watts of power, this configuration boosts the F-150's capabilities to new heights. For comparison, a standard RV generator typically produces a maximum of 4,000 watts of electricity. Pro Power Onboard 7.2 kW also tops its two lesser versions by offering four 120-volt outlets plus a 240-volt outlet for meeting the power requirements of heavier equipment and large electronic devices.

This system's portable power is enough to support large scale projects such as framing a house, running a mobile metal shop equipped with industrial saws and welding equipment, or supporting a day at an off-road vehicle park with two electric dirt bikes. The runtime for this system on a full tank of gas is 32 hours at its maximum load. When using less wattage, the system will run even longer.

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For added convenience, Pro Power Onboard can operate while the Ford F-150 is in motion. This means tools and equipment can charge while traveling to the worksite or outdoor recreation spot.

Another advantage of Pro Power Onboard comes from a feature called generator mode. Generally, when a pickup truck is left idling for a certain amount of time, the engine will turn off due to an automatic idle shutdown function that conserves fuel. But generator mode overrides the shutdown function and allows the engine to continue idling and provide power to devices. The truck will not turn off until both the fuel and battery power are fully exhausted.

Pro Power Onboard also benefits from the FordPass app, which allows smartphone monitoring and management of the system, including turning the system on and off. However, smartphone control only works within 30 feet of the truck's Wi-Fi range.

In terms of safety, Pro Power Onboard allows the F-150’s owner to lock the truck while idling, even overnight. This functionality prevents any foul play or unauthorized attempt to drive the vehicle away even though the engine is running.

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Ford Pro Power Onboard expands the Ford F-150's capabilities in a whole new way. In addition to towing, hauling, and off-roading, this quintessential pickup truck is now an unprecedented power source for numerous applications, from construction to recreation.

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