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FORD LOOKS TO ‘HELP’ TESLA OWNERS

If Your Tesla Runs Out Of Battery Charge, An F-150 Lightning Owner Should Have An Adapter On Hand

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Truck
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks

While Rivian beat everyone to the all-electric pickup truck market, Ford, which started production of its F-150 Lightning in April, beat out the Tesla Cybertruck which still hasn’t begun production at all. That being said, Ford has trolled Tesla by equipping one new F-150 Lightning owner with an adapter to charge Tesla vehicles of all kinds should they be found dead on the side of the road.

Yes, not only can the F-150 Lightning work as a backup generator for your house, it can also charge other electric vehicles.

Production on the completely sold out F-150 Lightning started weeks ago and have since begun making deliveries to customers, some of which are offering up their real world experience with their new all-electric pick-up truck. Per a member of Lightning Owners Forum shared that he found an interesting piece of hardware while going through the vehicles’ included items. A charging adapter suitable for any Tesla vehicle using the Lightning’s Pro Power onboard generator. The member posted a picture for proof (shown below).

F-150 Lightning Tesla Charging Adapter

The Tesla charger adapter isn’t a listed accessory on Ford’s build and price tool and it’s unclear if every new F-150 Lightning owner received or will receive a Tesla charging adapter. This could be somewhat of an Easter egg as nothing official has come down the pipeline. We do know though the F-150 Lightning is quite capable of charging other EV’s including Tesla’s. The Lightning is even capable of doubling as a power generator for your house when given the right equipment utilizing its 131 Kwh energy capacity on the extended range battery (standard on the Platinum trim). Compared to Tesla’s Model S which has around 104 Kwh of energy capacity, The Lightning Platinum is positioned quite well as a backup power source to any Tesla that runs out of juice on the road. While order books for the lightning are closed for the 2022 model year, the 2023 model year order books are expected to open in August or sometime shortly after given the fact production for 2023 model year Lightnings is expected to begin on October 10th.

While Tesla owners may be offended by this, Ford CEO Jim Farley insists that it’s about being “helpful.” You love to see it.

Written by Cody U.

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