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Pro Power Onboard Appears To Be Next For The Entry-Level Truck, But Certain Changes Need To Happen

2021 2022 Ford Maverick Pickup Truck Fx4 Turbo
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Ford Motor Company is the first truck maker to introduce an inverter generator system on a pickup. Starting with the 2021 Ford F-150, the Pro Power Onboard system comes in handy in a multitude of situations. From keeping the lights on during power outages, to camping, to tailgating, to running power tools on the job site, customers have responded in kind regarding its usability, with CEO Jim Farley mentioning that the technology is a true “breakthrough feature” for customers. Starting with a 2.0 kW system with the 2.7L EcoBoost, 3.5L EcoBoost and 5.0L Coyote engines, moving to 2.4 kW in the PowerBoost Hybrid, and even 7.2 kW as an option on the hybrid F-150, it’s a technology that seems obvious to integrate into the rest of the Ford pickup truck lineup, which recently added the entry-level Maverick to the portfolio.

As it stands, the Ford Maverick does not have Pro Power Onboard technology, but we recently learned why, as well as if the company plans to add the inverter generator system in the future.

2021 Ford F-150 Pro Power Onboard Inverter Generator
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Ford Maverick Pro Power Onboard: What To Expect

“Pro Power Onboard has been wildly successful with F-Series. We’re looking at that. As we go forward with Maverick we’re assessing if that’s something that we wanna do, as well,” said Ford Maverick marketing manager Trevor Scott in a one-one interview with MC&T.

Scott adds that the Maverick is currently equipped with multiple 110V outlets, which are effective in running electronics such as laptops and portable refrigerators. More output is required if one is looking to power a house, however.

Even if Ford wanted to implement the 2022 Maverick with a Pro Power Onboard system, the truck is hampered by its current electrical architecture, which is not the same as what we see with the new F-150.

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“(Pro Power Onboard) requires the next-generation electrical architecture to be able to reuse what’s on F-150 today. Maverick does not have that,” explained an engineer. “There is a plan to migrate to that architecture in the future. I won’t give you exact timing specifics, but we’re also discussing internally on what kind of DNA runs through all of our trucks.”

Despite not having the larger engines found in the 2022 Ford F-150, the 2022 Ford Maverick could still produce enough power customers would expect from a Pro Power Onboard inverter generator system.

“We’ve had conversation of some element of power to the box going to be what it is? It could be maybe not a 2.0 kW system. Maybe it is… (with a four cylinder engine) the capability is there, especially with the hybrid. That’s what we’re looking into and ideally leaning into that.”

2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost Pro Power Onboard Inverter Generator Tailgate
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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